I'm writing in response to Ashley Magnifico's letter "It's time to discuss replacing the policing model." While I'm confident the writer is sincere in her beliefs, and her suggestions, I believe she needs to spend some time in a ride along with the police so that she gets to see up close and personal a home invasion, robbery, rape, murder or a domestic dispute.

There was an officer killed just this past week on a "domestic dispute" call. History shows us they can go from nothing to everything in the blink of an eye.

And, to my further amazement at her suggestion, she wants a social worker to go to a "psychotic episode." I have to wonder if she has ever witnessed a violent psychotic episode, or possibly seen five police officers trying to hold one down due to the person's complete lunacy. I might suggest that the writer watch several episodes of Cops, but it's been canceled.

My question is where will you find "social workers" willing to go into these dangerous situations armed only with kind and soothing words? Will they remain on the job after a close call, and who will they call when the situation gets out of control. My guess is it would be the police.

Most of us agree that some sort of police reform is in order, but we can't fairly place them in a damned if you do act and damned if you don't act position. Let's also not forget to place at least a tiny bit of blame of those actually responsible for the police being there in the first place.

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mrnatural1

The best policy would be for social workers and police to respond as a team.

In some cases, a social worker will be able to handle the situation, but if things turn violent, the cop will be there.

bosco

Years ago I did some citizen ride alongs in LA as a reach out by a club I belonged to and the police. Really opened my eyes to the real work that the police do

I wonder if FredCo or the City offer such an opportunity. If so, I would recommend it for anyone.

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DickD

I will never forget one night in Baltimore after a baseball game. It was around 10 p.m. as we left and my wife went to the ladies room

I waited outside of the door, not realizing that there were two doors. After a long wait I had a lady look inside for her. She wasn't there. I rushed back 6 blocks to where we parked, in a garage. She wasn't there. Scared I went back to the Stadium, which was now closed. Not knowing what to do I flagged down a police car. He told me to get in and he took me on a ride. Across sidewalks and all around

He put out a call. One police officer said he found a lady sitting outside of the stadium on a bench and took her to the Hilton Hotel lobby. The officer took me there. I walked in, she looked up and asked ; "Where have you been? " I was too happy to find her that I couldn't get upset about the question. I really was very, very happy to find her.

Dwasserba

"...see up close and personal a home invasion, robbery, rape, murder or a domestic dispute." This took me aways back where I don't like to go, as you can "see" all this and more working in real estate management, and I just asked myself if there were any instance where the police were called that I wish we'd called a social worker instead. I like social workers and count some among my friends. Things have to be extreme to call for police. That's why police work is dangerous. Who would be responsible for the social worker's safety? The police? They're already busy. The management? Nooooo

JohnSchaeffer1

Mr. Godfrey....well said .

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