Follow the excellent article on congressional candidates' views on police reform in The Citizen, each candidate makes good points. Let me add another one. As a retired clinical social worker, I have experienced the company and assistance of police officers when going into a potentially hostile environment to do a mental health assessment. Police officers should not be expected to handle all kinds of cases when responding to a 911 call. Many that involve domestic violence, mental health behavior or even substance abuse, would benefit from the calming and assessment skills of a clinical social worker. Consider having such a professional on staff with the police department.
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