This was posted by a friend of mine. She has a couple degrees in social worker / psychology fields. She is left-leaning, but not the screaming pychos we see so much of. I do not know what PD she was/is working with. She does use some politically correct terminology ( bleh ). I think you all will appreciate this... I don't know any details beyond what is below, I haven't talked to her about this: "My wish for our country is to stop with the black or white, this or that thinking. Things don’t have to be “either or”. They can be “and”. On Tuesday I had my first ride along with the PD to go on mental health calls as a clinician and social worker. In four hours we were able to get to about two (2) of the 10+ calls that came in. In each of those situations I was incredibly happy to have my Police partners go in and clear the scene to ensure everyone’s safety. My officer stayed long past when an officer was needed because he was my ride, and only because he was my ride. He could have/should have been out on other calls like the weapons call or the shots fired calls or the narcotics calls. It’s not about defunding the police, we agreed, it’s about funding the appropriate resources so everyone gets the help they need from the person that can help them most at that time. My officer partners could have, should have left when the scene was cleared. They had other fish to fry. That is an example of “and” the calls needed police AND a social worker who knew their individual roles and skills. He cleared the scene and did background checks and I did field assessments. He could have left and I could have stayed. I could have met up with him at the next call and we could have potentially helped more people. Look for the “and” people."