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BART to hire social workers

2021-01-11 20:45:53.349796+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

BART to hire social workers instead of filling police officer vacancies to deal with social problems

BART plans to use nearly $2 million budgeted to fill six vacant police officer positions to hire social work-trained civilians to respond to homelessness, mental illness and drug addiction that plague the train system.

The plan introduced Friday adds a supervisor and 20 crisis intervention specialists to connect people in need with services ...

Emphasis mine. I mean, I don't know if it's actually cheaper to deal with mental health crises than shoot those people in the back, but you mean to tell me that for every cop we can hire 3½ social workers?

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#Comment Re: BART to hire social workers made: 2021-01-12 12:27:55.551083+00 by: DaveP

Seems to me that just the difference in costs for liability insurance might explain the 3.5x factor...

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