Saturday, January 06, 2018
SOCIAL WORK HELPS KCPD FIGHT CRIME???
An important effort highlighted by the new administration of KCPD Chief Smith in his latest blog post.
The impact of a social worker partnering with police
Premise and deets . . .
KCPD took a leadership role in embedding a social worker in one of our inner-city patrol divisions. It’s a unique partnership, and it’s changing people’s lives in a way that enhances public safety. She started in December 2016, and after a year on the job, the impact social worker Gina English is making continues to amaze me.
Lately, she’s taken it upon herself to volunteer and mentor youth incarcerated at the Juvenile Justice Center (JJC). She’s been working to let the young inmates there know that there is support available for them when they get out to do something different with their lives. Since she is working on behalf of KCPD, she’s also planting the seeds of positive relationships between these young people and law enforcement.
Like it or not, the voting public has a right to weigh in on KCPD tactics . . . Especially given a near record breaking year for murders in 2017.
And so . . .
DO YOU THINK SOCIAL WORK HELPS KCPD PREVENT RISING LOCAL CRIME???
Remember that these kind of interactions have a wide base of community support throughout the metro so a great deal of this effort is about answering demand from the public.
You decide . . .