Across the country, protesters have been filling the streets and calling to “defund the police”.
What this actually entails is still in debate. Some people are calling for the complete defunding of the police department, which would essentially mean an abolition of the police department.
If they’re not getting any money, they’re not going to work for free. That would be stupid. They don’t get paid enough as is to put their lives on the line.
Some people are saying that it doesn’t actually mean defunding them completely, but instead that it means to cut their budgets severely.
Well, one city in the U.S. has actually done something very similar and reformed its police force.
“What we’re experiencing today in Camden is the result of many years of deposits in the relationship bank account,” says Scott Thomson, Camden’s chief of police until 2019. He led the city’s high-profile pivot to community policing from 2013 until last year and oversaw