When you need a cop …
Anchorage’s top cop and mayor during a virtual town hall-style this week indicated they support the notion of having professionals with therapeutic training be the first to show up during a mental health crisis – rather than the police.
“We want to make sure that when there are behavioral health issues, that you have behavioral health specialists that are first on the scene, rather than calling the police,” Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said.
It was all part of the silliness sweeping the nation about defending cops and putting the money into social programs.
It all sounds great until the specialists show up first – and desperately need a cop.