I’m sure this will end well…
What could go wrong with sending untrained government employees into a potentially dangerous situation with multiple lives at stake?
I guess we’ll find out soon, because Chicago is in the midst of launching a new program to replace police response forces with mental health professionals. While this seems like a bad joke, it’s simply what we’ve come to expect from liberal-run cities and states.
Mental health professionals will be sent out to respond to some 911 calls in Chicago instead of cops, a move made in the wake of the defund the police protests.
The city is launching this two-part “alternative response” pilot program this fall, taking a public health approach to responding to 911 calls for mental health emergencies.
Officials say this is to ensure that those suffering a mental health collapse get the help they need rather than a police response that can often lead to physical confrontation or death. This is all being done in the hopes that mentally ill people don’t die during these confrontations.
There’s just one problem with this…
A Dangerous Decision
How are dispatchers supposed to tell which cases are actual mental health emergencies?
Sure, they may THINK they know from the nature of the call…
But how can anyone know the difference until they actually get to the scene?
That’s the thing: they can’t.
All that can be known from a 9-1-1 call is that there is the potential for a dangerous person to be in an agitated state. Sending an unarmed person with only a background in therapy is very irresponsible of the city, and it could put more lives than just the suspect’s in danger.
On top of that, this program couldn’t come at a worse time.
Cops are at an incredible disadvantage in the city as it is.
Over the past six months, a total of 363 officers retired from the Chicago PD, with another 56 on track to quit in July. If this trend continues, the mass departure will eclipse the 560 retirements in 2020, when HUGE numbers of officers quit amid protests over the police murder of George Floyd and demands to defund the police.
That means there will be about just 13,000 cops left in the city.
That may seem like a lot, but when you factor in the fact that Chicago has roughly 117,000 gang members in the city, that means the cops are outnumbered almost 10 to 1.
That’s scary, especially when the city and many other Democrat-led cities are experiencing incredible surges in violent crime. Taking cops out of the equation is the worst thing they can do at this time, particularly in Chicago.
Are Fewer Cops REALLY The Answer?
Well, think about this…
More than 100 people were shot and 17 killed over the July 4th weekend alone. Citywide shootings jumping up 11% since 2020—and that was already increased from the 2019 numbers!
We don’t need fewer cops on the streets…
We need MORE!
But Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and company want to take them off the streets and replace them with health care professionals, the vast majority of whom don’t have any training in self-defense or restraint tactics.
If I were a Chicagoan, I’d be making sure to let her know that this isn’t the kind of thing that turns out well.
If it does… awesome! Good on Chicago for being progressive enough to see that there are other alternatives.
But if it goes badly…they need to accept the responsibility for that too.
Good luck, Windy City…
You’re going to need it.
“You cannot undermine police authority and then complain about rising crime.” – Thomas Paine