ANN ARBOR, Mich. (FOX 2) – Ann Arbor is contemplating sending unarmed responders to non-violent 911 calls that will require a unique method.
“Right here we’re envisioning individuals exterior the police division responding to 911 calls, the place applicable,” mentioned Mayor Christopher Taylor. “Police are overworked and they’re known as upon to do issues that may very well be finest carried out by unarmed personnel.”
If a dispatcher determines a name is non-violent, sending a police officer might not be the most effective preliminary contact. Situations embody when somebody is having a psychological well being disaster and desires the experience of a social employee or one other psychological well being knowledgeable.
“Our purpose right here is to verify of us in psychological well being disaster who want human companies, that they aren’t confronted with regulation enforcement when there isn’t any query of felony exercise,” Taylor mentioned.
If applied, unarmed civilians would reply to some 911 calls in Ann Arbor.
Deciding when to ship an unarmed individual and who to ship can be essential in implementing the thought.
“We can be counting on the sheriff’s experience, they usually put collectively a set of protocols to verify the fitting folks go to the fitting scenario,” Taylor mentioned.
Taylor famous that cops’ jobs won’t be altering.
“We’re not asking them to go unarmed on this decision. What we’re doing is searching for to develop the supply of psychological well being companies by unarmed professionals the place applicable,” he mentioned.
The proposal may go up for a vote as quickly as the following Metropolis Council assembly the primary week of April. Taylor mentioned 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 checklist,” he mentioned.