Defunding translates to compassion

Editor:
Defunding the police does not mean spending less on public safety. It’s an acknowledgement that many of the tasks we now assign to police officers should be handled by others. Case in point: a homeless man keeps appearing on my porch. I believe he is probably the disturbed son who was living in the garage when we bought the house 26 years ago.

I wish there were someone else I could call besides the police to handle this situation. I have listened to them very politely ask if he wants to be driven back across the High Street bridge, though I suspect he may be eligible for Veterans services.

A public-safety officer well versed in social services is what I need, and I’ll bet the police officers would prefer this as well. To me, that is what defunding the police could offer: a broader, more compassionate response to public safety. 

— Jennifer Gray