Op-Ed: Following the Data to Keep our Communities Safe

Op-Ed | Medium.com

Keeping people safe is among the most fundamental responsibilities of local government. No single policy or program can meet the challenge and today’s polarizing politics are making the job that much harder.

Responding to violence in the community primarily with law enforcement has not been shown to improve the long-term safety and health of communities and those living in them. As it stands, law enforcement and first responders are expected to solve complex social issues resulting in emergencies, which stem from systemic issues like poverty, personal and family trauma, racism, underemployment, and economic insecurity, challenges for which law enforcement is not suited to address.

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