Svante Myrick mayor of Ithaca

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The mayor of Ithaca, New York, is set to propose a plan to abolish the city’s police force and replace it with a new civilian-led agency, GQ reported Monday.

According to a nearly 100-page report reviewed by GQ, Ithaca mayor Svante Myrick will suggest abolishing the city’s current police department and replace with a “Department of Community Solutions and Public Safety.”

The plan would replace the department, staffed with 63 officers that costs $12.5 million a year to run, with an agency with armed “public safety workers” and unarmed “community solution workers,” all under the helm of a civilian director of public safety rather than a police chief, GQ reported.

“IPD currently spends one third of its time responding to calls for service that essentially never lead to arrests,” Myrick wrote in the report’s introduction, according to GQ. “Those calls, as well as a majority of patrol activity, can and should be handled by unarmed Community Solution Workers well trained in de-escalation and service delivery. This will allow our new Public Safety Workers to focus on preventing, interrupting and solving serious crime.”

The main goal of the plan is to reduce the number of encounters between civilians and armed officers, GQ …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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