To proponents of defunding the police Arif AliKhan says that police departments as functional units still have a unique role to play in our society. To those who defend the police at all costs he says that the police need to be reformed, perhaps significantly.
This is a balanced and pragmatic approach that may find limited traction in our current times. But it comes from a place of deep experience as the Director of the Office of Constitutional Policing at the LAPD, and prior to that roles as Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Homeland Security and as Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles.
In this episode we talk about body-worn cameras and how they are amazing, but severly limited tools for encouraging good law enforcement behavior and also what Arif thinks the future of policing looks like ... he literally paints a picture of it, step by step. Its a view we don't often hear and I think his insider's perspective is a valuable listen.
Oh and yeah ... we're back. So look for additional episodes we've recorded over the last few months hitting your favorite podcast app soon. Thanks, as always, for listening.