The Policing Project's Reimagining Public Safety initiative has partnered with the Mayor's Innovation Project to hold a mayors roundtable for mayors, staff, and public safety professionals.
Across the country, cities are working to implement public safety systems that provide safer, more effective, and more equitable outcomes. In doing so, they confront a key challenge: we ask police to do too much, often responding to situations for which they are untrained or unprepared. Alternative response models - which either replace or pair traditional police officers with those trained in mental health and trauma informed response - are one approach to begin to address this challenge and to deliver better outcomes for all.
This roundtable, presented by the Mayors Innovation Project and the Policing Project at NYU School of Law featured a conversation between mayors and public safety directors leading these changes, including:
Tyeesha Dixon, Senior Advisor, Reimagining and Reform, NYU Policing Project
Timothy Keller, Mayor, City of Albuquerque, NM
Mariela Ruiz-Angel, Director, Albuquerque Community Safety Department
Hollies Winston, Mayor, City of Brooklyn Park, MN
The webinar presented information on alternative response models informed by NYU's extensive quantitative and qualitative research on cities doing this work across the country, and dig into the challenges and opportunities that have refined and informed Albuquerque's approach.