[Ed. – What could possibly go wrong?]
Albuquerque has created a new Community Safety Department that will deploy unarmed civilians to some specific 911 calls. What city leaders are overlooking is that sometimes – actually more often than not – what seems as a routine 911 call can be something else entirely.
The social workers will respond to inebriation, homelessness, addiction, and mental health calls. The city believes that without the presence of an armed police officer, the situations might de-escalate. Maybe that could happen on occasion.
It’s a nice idea. … Just saving police for the violent stuff. Unless a call goes sideways and an unarmed civilian is caught in the middle of a cluster that they are not prepared to handle. Social workers are trained for certain things, but not to arrest a drunk person, or handle a half-crazed man on drugs.