Policing Explainers

Alternatives to Police as First Responders: Crisis Response Programs

By Matt DeLaus
November 16, 2020

For 911 calls about someone in crisis, who should respond? Many cities have decided it should not solely be police. Programs replacing police with social workers, mental health counselors, and medical staff have been in operation for at least a year in some states.

These programs are focused on providing more appropriate services and reducing government spending.