State Lawmakers Can Help Create Real Community Safety

State Lawmakers Can Help Create Real Community Safety


The Point

States should pass legislation and direct their budgets to programs and services that create real community safety instead of asking law enforcement to respond to problems that armed officers are ill-equipped to solve. 

States have the power to shape public safety at the local level: 

A significant portion of budgets are spent on police, who are ill-equipped to do all of the things they’re asked to do. 

  • Police departments have become a one-stop shop for responding to public health and community safety concerns, despite the fact that they do not have the expertise of social care providers.  

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