There's plenty of information out there about defund the police. To take the simplistic view that we need police officers or the criminals will run crazy is idiotic.
Defund the police is about moving resources to a place that can better deal with the issue the original resource is meant to assist with.
In America police are walking around with kit that is military grade, excessive and not required. Giving police minimal training in mental health is pointless.
Police in the UK shouldn't be held up on a job for 8 hours dealing with a mental health issue, the money for dealing with this should be diverted to actual mental health services and this would free up police to actually police rather than be stuck in a hospital for hours on end because there aren't any mental health workers available.
America and the UK need the same things to happen.
We need more money allocated to mental health, affordable/public housing, youth activities, organisations, rehab facilities. Take care of the problems before society pays the price.
The US have absolutely massive policing budgets and they could easily accommodate both. The UK is different, we've had ten years of police numbers and policing budget cuts by the tories, basically the UK is fu**ed because the police here haven't got anything to defund, they're working on a f**king shoestring anyway.
And before anyone says, I understand that none of this will happen with trump and boris in power but that doesn't detract from the fact these things need to happen.
“Defunding the police means shrinking the scope of police responsibilities and shifting most of what government does to keep us safe to entities that are better equipped to meet that need,” she explains. “It means investing more in mental-health care and housing, and expanding the use of community mediation and violence interruption programs.”https://www.sfgate.com/news/slideshow/What-is-defund-the-police-abolish-police-203572.php
In practice, “defunding” means redirecting money from police budgets in cities where departments are disproportionately funded. In Boston, for example, the police department’s budget is $414 million — four times larger than that of the Boston Public Health Commission.
In Los Angeles, the LAPD has a budget of $1.8 billion, yet it still also utilizes more than half of the city’s “unrestricted funds,” — tax revenues, fees and fines — earmarked for discretionary expenditures.
In Chicago, home to the second-largest police force in the U.S., taxpayers spend about $5 million a day on policing efforts. As the Chicago Sun-Times reports, that’s the equivalent of “five months of mental health services ($9.4 million per year), 18 months of substance abuse treatment ($2.6 million per year), or 32 months of violence prevention programs ($1.5 million per year).”
“Defund the police” proponents argue that rerouting of meaningful portions of those budgets into health and social services better equipped to deal with certain issues is a more appropriate and effective way to meet the needs of a community.