Invest more in training for police

As I have been hearing of the events across this country that involve relationships between citizens and our local law enforcement officers and how people believe we should defund the police or reduce police funding, and I believe the true answer is investing more in our police departments to provide more training to our police officers to deal with conflicts with those mentally ill and or those under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

If the police used better deescalation tactics and worked with their citizens instead of being aggressive toward citizens then the relationship between citizens and police officers would be better and that would solve a lot of the mental illness crisis that America has. I write this opinion based on an experience I had in my apartment parking lot with Everett police recently over a useless dispute between neighbors having a bonfire.

So if citizens learned to unite and get along with each other then that would help relations between police officers and civilians.

Elijah Edens

Everett

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