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Jon Thompson

Even before the current political climate of 2020, I think one of the biggest challenges in LE leadership has been having fortitude to say “no” in the correct situations. We as LE leaders have over-promised what our officers can do but they are simply being over-tasked. Two examples are the issues with both mental health and the homeless. These contacts, at least in my jurisdiction, more often than not do not involve a violation of law but the public expects the police to solve the issue overnight. While there are tie-in’s to these issues and crime overall (fir instance, more homeless in this area leads to an increase in property crime), upper leadership needs to educate the political leadership as to when a police response is not the right answer.