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Kentucky Town Hires Two Social Workers Instead of More Police The Results Are Very Good

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 Faced with a tight budget and rising demands on its 17 officer police department, the City of Alexandria in Campbell County tried something different. Instead of hiring an additional officer and taking on the added expenses of equipping that officer, the police chief at the time hired a social worker to respond in tandem with officers.

 

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.”

Pompilio is the first to work a position of her kind in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Instead of working at another agency and waiting for a referral from a police department after a crisis, Pompilio works side-by-side with officers to respond as calls come in.

 

“Every day is different. We have no idea what’s going to come our way,” Pompilio said. “The main calls are domestic violence, mental health and substance abuse.”

After four years on the job, Pompilio said there has been a significant drop in repeat 911 calls with approximately 15 percent fewer people going to jail.

https://www.wave3.com/2020/07/28/kentucky-town-hires-social-workers-instead-more-officers-results-are-surprising/

 

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9 minutes ago, badlatitude said:

 Faced with a tight budget and rising demands on its 17 officer police department, the City of Alexandria in Campbell County tried something different. Instead of hiring an additional officer and taking on the added expenses of equipping that officer, the police chief at the time hired a social worker to respond in tandem with officers.

 

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.”

Pompilio is the first to work a position of her kind in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Instead of working at another agency and waiting for a referral from a police department after a crisis, Pompilio works side-by-side with officers to respond as calls come in.

 

“Every day is different. We have no idea what’s going to come our way,” Pompilio said. “The main calls are domestic violence, mental health and substance abuse.”

After four years on the job, Pompilio said there has been a significant drop in repeat 911 calls with approximately 15 percent fewer people going to jail.

https://www.wave3.com/2020/07/28/kentucky-town-hires-social-workers-instead-more-officers-results-are-surprising/

 

Well, that sure as fuck won't work.  Who are they kidding.  (I guess I had to do that.)

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3 minutes ago, badlatitude said:

 Faced with a tight budget and rising demands on its 17 officer police department, the City of Alexandria in Campbell County tried something different. Instead of hiring an additional officer and taking on the added expenses of equipping that officer, the police chief at the time hired a social worker to respond in tandem with officers.

 

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.”

Pompilio is the first to work a position of her kind in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Instead of working at another agency and waiting for a referral from a police department after a crisis, Pompilio works side-by-side with officers to respond as calls come in.

 

“Every day is different. We have no idea what’s going to come our way,” Pompilio said. “The main calls are domestic violence, mental health and substance abuse.”

After four years on the job, Pompilio said there has been a significant drop in repeat 911 calls with approximately 15 percent fewer people going to jail.

https://www.wave3.com/2020/07/28/kentucky-town-hires-social-workers-instead-more-officers-results-are-surprising/

 

fucking commies. How dare they take gov't money away from the guys running the jails?

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5 minutes ago, Left Shift said:

Well, that sure as fuck won't work.  Who are they kidding.

It has worked for four years, I think they might be on to something.

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1 minute ago, Raz'r said:

fucking commies. How dare they take gov't money away from the guys running the jails?

If Trump wins another four, they'll get the contract back.

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I think this concept started somewhere in the PNW where they enjoyed similar successes.  Makes sense to me .  

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1 minute ago, Cal20sailor said:

I think this concept started somewhere in the PNW where they enjoyed similar successes.  Makes sense to me .  

For all the mentally health challenged people who got shot instead, I say hurrah.

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The concept of what is called "community policing" has been around a long time - more than a few decades. 

The idea is to turn police into social workers, or replace them with soc workers as in this case. 

Corrupt, violent cops really hate it. 

Inform yourselves - just google it. 

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Sounds Socialist......it’ll never fly and in Kentucky,  you are shitting Me, didn’t they skip the evolutionary shit and go straight to cave men beating on their wives........../ Sarc

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Makes sense to send in a social worker, where an armed law enforcement person isn't needed.  

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1 hour ago, Raz'r said:

fucking commies. How dare they take gov't money away from the guys running the jails?

No worries the fucking commies do a great job of running jails. Take China for example. 

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2 minutes ago, Venom said:

No worries the fucking commies do a great job of running jails. Take China for example. 

Amateurs. Where's the profit there?

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53 minutes ago, Venom said:

No worries the fucking commies do a great job of running jails. Take China for example. 

They’re amateurs. The fascistic US locks up more people per capita than any other country. Home of the free, right.

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Just now, Raz'r said:

They’re amateurs. The fascistic US locks up more people per capita than any other country. Home of the free, right.

Welcome to the police state. 

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How in the hell are the Best Americans supposed to make a little bit More from poor people’s misery in this scenario? 
 

unAmurican. 

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Does Mitch know about this yet?

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9 hours ago, badlatitude said:

Faced with a tight budget and rising demands on its 17 officer police department, the City of Alexandria in Campbell County tried something different.

They really need to stop this.  How are Trump and his henchmen supposed to make America a police state with common sense ideas like this?

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12 minutes ago, Jules said:

They really need to stop this.  How are Trump and his henchmen supposed to make America a police state with common sense ideas like this?

Watch for the new police protection and development law, coming soon to your police department.

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9 hours ago, Keith said:

Makes sense to send in a social worker, where an armed law enforcement person isn't needed.  

Way less fun though - why not use mortars and howitzers to solve issues with couples fighting over the remote - THAT is the American way, first one to zero in on the other gets the remote. The TV and house are gone, but still..... :lol:

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It's been a while ago, but Camden, NJ is an apparent example of a successful redo of its police force.  Indications are that it's been a positive change, though ya still don't want to walk after dark in many of those neighborhoods.  
https://www.npr.org/2020/06/08/872470135/new-police-force-from-scratch-n-j-city-proves-its-possible-to-reform-the-police

 

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11 hours ago, badlatitude said:

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.”

Well, if that doesn't show that the police are unnecessary, nothing does.

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46 minutes ago, Saorsa said:

Well, if that doesn't show that the police are unnecessary, nothing does.

At your age, social workers are probably going to be more important anyway.

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1 hour ago, badlatitude said:

At your age, social workers are probably going to be more important anyway.

Why would that be?

 

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3 minutes ago, Saorsa said:

Why would that be?

 

Cuz who the fucks gonna call for a welfare check on you?

 I get it though - you want more overpaid dumb violent trash in government sinecures to perpetuate your legacy.

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1 hour ago, Saorsa said:

Why would that be?

 

When you go off the rails and threaten to shoot the old lady, it's much better if they solve the problem over what a cop would do.

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3 hours ago, Mismoyled Jiblet. said:

Cuz who the fucks gonna call for a welfare check on you?

 I get it though - you want more overpaid dumb violent trash in government sinecures to perpetuate your legacy.

I see my neighbors every day and we know who has keys to each others homes.  If the newspapers or mail pile up we call up or knock on the door.

Why would we need the government to initiate the process?

Geezus you are stupid.

 

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On 7/29/2020 at 10:04 PM, badlatitude said:

 Faced with a tight budget and rising demands on its 17 officer police department, the City of Alexandria in Campbell County tried something different. Instead of hiring an additional officer and taking on the added expenses of equipping that officer, the police chief at the time hired a social worker to respond in tandem with officers.

 

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.”

Pompilio is the first to work a position of her kind in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Instead of working at another agency and waiting for a referral from a police department after a crisis, Pompilio works side-by-side with officers to respond as calls come in.

 

“Every day is different. We have no idea what’s going to come our way,” Pompilio said. “The main calls are domestic violence, mental health and substance abuse.”

After four years on the job, Pompilio said there has been a significant drop in repeat 911 calls with approximately 15 percent fewer people going to jail.

https://www.wave3.com/2020/07/28/kentucky-town-hires-social-workers-instead-more-officers-results-are-surprising/

 

If your only tool is a hammer...

in Illinois CPS ‘agents’ make over $100k a year.  I don’t know about county social workers though. 

 

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