Ann Arbor moves toward dispatch service that doesn’t use armed police

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I once heard a cop say that the most important weapon he has is his tongue. I thought it was a joke, but he said that more than 99% of his work was talking to people. As long as he wasn’t aggressive, the situation was peaceful. Sounds like a great step forward!


This is Ann Arbor (home of the University of Michigan and a ton of tech labs for every car company and pharma labs). Most crime involves drunk students or property crimes.


I mean the vast majority of police never draw their weapon once during their career.


The most dangerous calls police officers go on statistically are domestics and unknown trouble calls. Are they going to dispatch unarmed officers in those cases? This seems stupid when we should just be training police officers more thoroughly.


I am so fucking happy to live where I do. It looks like our decision to elect a sociologist as police chief is paying off BIG. Love it.