Why Increased Police Funding Does Not Translate To Increased Public Safety

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Tremain Prioleau II
January 18, 2024

Instead of defunding the police, many officials are calling to “re-fund the police.” The belief is that an increase in police funding will correlate to a safer society. But as Black Americans, we should know better than to believe this.

Police departments across the country faced pressure to reevaluate their police budgets during the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests. While more than two dozen major cities reduced their 2021 police budgets, even more increased theirs. What's worse, many of the cities that made reductions are now calling for spending increases.

Officers generally spend negligible time actually investigating violent crimes. Most of their interactions involve stopping, citing, arresting, and jailing Black and brown people rather than addressing the inequalities in our community. So what does more police really do?

More police funding corresponds with increases in police contacts and misdemeanor arrests. That's more Black people in the justice system, with a harder time supporting themselves, their families, and their communities. An increase in police funding is an attack on our lives.

Increasing funding for policing will only aid our oppression. In this case, the growth of the police state. How could we advocate and push officials to divert these funds to needed social programs instead?

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