Re-Imagine Chicago: What If Police Had Fewer Responsibilities?

Reset examines what public safety would look like if more non-criminal 911 calls were diverted to crisis responders and not police.

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Paula Friedrich / WBEZ
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Paula Friedrich / WBEZ

Re-Imagine Chicago: What If Police Had Fewer Responsibilities?

Reset examines what public safety would look like if more non-criminal 911 calls were diverted to crisis responders and not police.

In the U.S. we’ve been trained to call 911 almost regardless of the circumstances, and who responds to those calls? Police officers. Even when they may not have specialized training for the crisis at hand. But what if it were different? What if police didn’t handle mental health calls? Or property crime? Or paperwork? Could fewer responsibilities lead to better policing?

Reset explores those questions with experts and people on the ground in Chicago and beyond.

GUESTS: Arturo Carrillo, director of violence prevention and neighborhood health initiatives at the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council; Collaborative for Community Wellness leader

Dan Felts, mental health professional and crisis responder at CAHOOTS