By Duncan Smith
Amid calls to ‘defund the police’ and disband local police departments from Left-wing activists who seek anarchy rather than ‘reforms,’ some departments are beginning to the lunacy.
Others, like the Albuquerque, New Mexico, police department are adopting foolhardy measures that the liberals who control city councils and serve as police chiefs have not really thought through.
As the Daily Wire reports, the APD will begin sending social workers instead of police to some 911 calls:
On Monday, the mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico, announced that some 911 calls would be addressed not by police, but rather unarmed social workers, as he said he would create a new department to address such situations.
“We've placed more and more issues on the plates of officers who are not trained — despite their best efforts and despite some training — they're not totally trained to be a social worker, or to be an addiction counselor, or to deal with things around child abuse when they're just answering a call,” Democrat Mayor Tim Keller stated.
“We should have trained professionals do this, instead of folks with a gun and a badge.'
Right. Except that in many instances, situations like that can get out of hand, Tim, and quickly.
Officers may not be ‘trained social workers,’ but social workers are not trained police officers. Clinical situations are a lot different than situations occurring on the streets or in homes in real-time. Cops know this.
What happens when an unruly, coked-out drug addict becomes violent? Or when a child abuser refuses to ‘listen’ to the counselor? Or when any of dozens of other potentially dangerous situations occur unexpectedly?
What will the social workers do then — call for police backup?
“There is a huge portion of our community that doesn't necessarily want two officers showing up when they call about a situation with respect to behavioral and mental health,” Keller added, according to The Washington Post.
“So this is a new path forward for us that has been illuminated because of what we've learned during these times,” he added.
“Look, there's political will; there was not political will to make this huge of a step three weeks ago.”
Liberals seldom think through their policy initiatives, especially those that so wildly deviate from standard procedures.
Mayor Keller is a classic example of this.
Good luck, Tim.
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