Nobody Rides Alone
The Black Lives Matter movement has shed light on the growing disconnect between police and the community at large. It wasn't all that long ago, that police officers walked the streets of the neighborhood, getting to know the people, the business owners, and the children. We need to see a return to "Community Policing" in addition to ending the era of the "lone wolf" police officer, in order to ensure that tense situations do not escalate into either brutality or fatality.
I propose an increase in the budget of the Justice Dept.'s "Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant", in order to empower state and local law enforcement to hire more officers so that we no longer have police officers riding alone. I also propose an increase in both dollars and flexibility to federal grants meant to give incentives to departments that implement evidence based community policing programs.
This budget increase will be made possible through legalizing marijuana, and getting marijuana offenders out of the prison system, while also classifying non-violent drug offenses as misdemeanors which will free up hundreds of millions of dollars, which can then be used to fund these initiatives.
This initiative will reduce the stress on individual officers as well as improve relationships with the communities that they serve.