EVERYONE wants to be and feel safe, and EVERYONE should have that right. Some of us are scared for our safety and want more Police, while some of us are scared for our safety and want an alternative responses added and less Police. As city leaders, a balance must be achieved between the two growing calls to reallocate a portion of the Police budget and the calls to fully fund the Police budget. I truly believe to meet the demand of this moment, we must not only fully fund the police at the proper time, but we must also allocate additional funds to implement immediate accountability measures and begin to add alternatives to the department's response if/when the law is not being broken and law enforcement is not needed. We must begin to restore trust between communities and police by putting accountability measures in place. Once the process of trust building begins, it will allow our police department to function effectively at full capacity to restore law and order to communities across our city. This restoration will start with tackling the violence commited by individuals with fire arms that has been plaguing everyone including our children for far too long. Their safety can no longer be an option, but a guarantee. Over time, with hard work and dedication on the parts of every single one of us together, we will get our plans fully implemented, discover the outcomes , and let the public voice what is and is not beneficial enabling us to adjust accordingly. The issue that arises is how do we do this? I am glad you asked!
Before we add anything to the police, we must first put accountability measures in place to assure communities across our city that not only do we acknowledge and understand their concerns, but we are going to do something about and at the same time protect everyone in our city including our Officers.