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Governments should"defund the police" (i.e.,re-allocate resourcesaway from police,toward other socialservices)1.1Investing in socialservices could domore to preventcrime than the policecurrently do2.1Investing in socialservices could helpreduce societalproblems like poverty,mental illness andhomelessness3.1Social services suchas education, publichealth, housing andyouth services areoften underfunded(due largely tobudget cuts)4.1Reducing poverty,mental illness andhomelessness wouldact as a deterrent tocrime3.2The replacement of policeofficers with social workers orspecial response teams couldhelp prevent the unnecessaryuse of police force andviolence2.2Police officers areoften tasked withhandling socialissues, such asdomestic violence,substance abuse,mental illness andhomelessness3.3Police spend 21% oftheir time respondingto and transportingpeople with mentalillness4.2Police are frequentlydispatched to deal withpeople experiencinghomelessness (causingthem to becomeincarcerated at a muchhigher rate)4.3Police are not trainedto effectively handlethese issues, but theyare trained to useviolence3.4The governmentcurrently spends waytoo much money onpolice2.3Nationwide, the sumis $115 billion, whichis more significantthan almost everyother country'smilitary budget3.5In most cities, thepolice budget is farhigher than those foreducation, housingand other socialservices.3.6For example, New YorkCity’s annual policebudget is $6 billion,which is more than thecity spends on health,homeless services, youthdevelopment andworkforce developmentcombined.4.4

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