Police Chief Peter Sloly says that he supports defunding the police.
He doesn't want his $300 million budget cut, of course.
The movement to defund the police isn't to abolish the department but to reconsider what policing is. When a bank robber has hostages, sure, a police presence is a pretty good idea.
But many incidents to which police respond involve mental health issues or domestic violence or neglect. These can still be handled criminally, but may be better investigated and managed with specialist nurses and mental health professionals.
Sloly told the CBC that he thinks that his department and other city departments should sit down and figure out how to coordinate budgets.
And if some of the work finds its way out of the police department into social services, maybe some of the funding should follow.
We'll see you tomorrow — Martha and Darren
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