When law enforcement agencies and their officers know the members of the communities they serve, neighborhoods are safer for everyone. Community policing works all across our country and should be of the highest priority in combating crime in our cities. Constituents want safe places to raise their children. When we work together with law enforcement and community leaders, we can and will find solutions to crime in America.
Our law enforcement officers are hired to protect and to serve. They face life-threatening challenges on a daily basis. They should have the best training available to them, including training on how to deal with suspects who suffer from mental health challenges. Included in this training needs to be the understanding that no one is above the law. Just as those who commit crime should be held accountable for their actions in a reasonable, fitting way, officers must also be held accountable for their actions. Proper training will go a long way toward ensuring the safety of everyone involved in law and order in America.