Kentucky town hires social workers instead of more officers – and the results are surprising

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    • #445379
      Mr. Mickeys Mom
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      … or not, as I see it..

      Read more HERE

      I believe this was even from last year, so maybe it was surprising then..

      Alexandria police now employs two full time social workers to work and respond with its 17 officers. The department says there has been a significant drop in repeat 911 calls with approximately 15 percent fewer people going to jail.(Source: james Dobson, WAVE 3 News)

      Alexandria police now employs two full time social workers to work and respond with its 17...

      The goal was to provide expertise and immediately connect people in crisis to needed services.

      “I’m more the second responder, so the officer responds first,” police social worker Kelly Pompilio said. “There are times that I do go on scene with the officer but that’s only after it’s secured and safe for me to enter. But I try to assist the family in whatever services they need so they don’t have to, whenever they’re having a crisis, or having a situation where they need law enforcement, they don’t have to call 911.”

       

      Hell, no... I'm not giving up...

    • #445448
      Passionate Progressive
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      when he said (as I paraphrase) that if people wanted a real job they wouldn’t be ‘sociology majors’….

      This comment exemplifies what is wrong with Ameriku.

      The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.....Martin Luther King '63

      It takes all the technical proficiency our system can provide to make up for the woeful lack of popular support and political savvy of most of the regimes that the West has thus far sought to prop up.........Bernard Fall

      • #445452
        Mr. Mickeys Mom
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        I think it should be part of the double of every major… particularly business, but also criminal justice. It’s been missing from that curriculum for a long ass time, PP…

        Hell, no... I'm not giving up...

        • #445453
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          is that economics – as Professor Wolff points out – never recognizes/teaches Marxist theory – a feature that is unique to the United States.    I see a similar thing with sociology….As I’ve mentioned before – political science had a ‘perestroika’ movement that in the early 2000’s pointed out the lack of relevance of US political science scholarship….This movement which among other features critiqued the discipline’s over-emphasis of data base/statistical/mathematical analysis at the expense of relevance….was a feature that was uniquely American…The way political science is taught in the US is distinct from its counter-parts in European academia….I suspect the same is true about the sociology and economics disciplines.

          These blind spots have left America unable to see the flaws in the path(s) that they are on and make a correction….I think a part of the problem is, unlike the rest of the Western world, the geographic isolation….but another part of the problem is willful ignorance…….and hubris.

          The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.....Martin Luther King '63

          It takes all the technical proficiency our system can provide to make up for the woeful lack of popular support and political savvy of most of the regimes that the West has thus far sought to prop up.........Bernard Fall

    • #445467
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      Helping people that have a problem for a change, instead of treating everyone as potential criminals.

      We are an arrogant species, believing our fantasy based "facts" are better than the other person's fake facts.
      If you are wrong, it will be because you are not cynical enough.
      The older we get, the less "Life in Prison" is a deterrent.
      Always wear a proper mask when out and about. The life you save could be both yours and mine.

    • #445468
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      The prejudice against sociology, psychology, counseling, social work, etc., is a disgrace in my opinion. I think some of the faculty in more conservative universities spend too much time, avoiding social issues, for fear of political retribution. Something like faculty “self hating” sociologists trying to make themselves and their students and faculty “more relevant.” So avoid any studies that show results that are going to be politically unpopular and direct future professionals away from those “dangerous ideas.”

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