ANN ARBOR, Mich. (FOX 2) – Ann Arbor is contemplating sending unarmed responders to non-violent 911 calls that will require a distinct method.
“Right here we’re envisioning individuals outdoors the police division responding to 911 calls, the place applicable,” stated Mayor Christopher Taylor. “Police are overworked and they’re known as upon to do issues that might be finest carried out by unarmed personnel.”
If a dispatcher determines a name is non-violent, sending a police officer will not be the very best preliminary contact. Situations embody when somebody is having a psychological well being disaster and wishes the experience of a social employee or one other psychological well being skilled.
“Our aim right here is to ensure people in psychological well being disaster who want human providers, that they aren’t confronted with regulation enforcement when there isn’t any query of prison exercise,” Taylor stated.
If applied, unarmed civilians would reply to some 911 calls in Ann Arbor.
Deciding when to ship an unarmed particular person and who to ship might be essential in implementing the thought.
“We might be counting on the sheriff’s experience, and so they put collectively a set of protocols to ensure the suitable individuals go to the suitable state of affairs,” Taylor stated.
Taylor famous that cops’ jobs is not going to be altering.
“We aren’t asking them to go unarmed on this decision. What we’re doing is searching for to develop the availability of psychological well being providers by unarmed professionals the place applicable,” he stated.
The proposal may go up for a vote as quickly as the subsequent Metropolis Council assembly the primary week of April. Taylor stated he encourages the general public to voice their ideas.
“By electronic mail, voicemail or public remark, name the town clerk and get placed on the record,” he stated.