Cops Morphing Into Social Workers Is Not a Solution
Date:  05-03-2019

Director of Policing Strategies for Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) asserts the police should never be the point of contact for people to get into services
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All across the US, law enforcement asserts its power through its sheer visibility in a vast array of public spaces.

In New York City, it’s virtually impossible to go anywhere without encountering officers from the NYPD. Get on the subway and you’ll see Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) police on the platforms or behind a table, searching riders’ bags. MTA police have headquarters in dozens of subway stations, including Times Square and Grand Central. Cops are stationed in schools, too—they’re called “school safety agents.” This horribly misconceived role has led, for example in Chicago, to officers beating or killing students.

In New York City, police relentlessly patrol low-income housing developments, where an estimated 400,000 people live. If you call an ambulance, the police will show up. Cops patrol parks on bikes, horses and Segways. They even hang out at pools: At the Jackie Robinson Recreation Center in my neighborhood of Manhattan, the police have a poolside office. With an annual budget of $5.58 billion and 36,000 uniformed officers, the NYPD has the resources to be everywhere. Continue reading >>>