What does Defunding Police Mean?
“Defund the police” means reallocating or redirecting funding away from the police department to other government agencies funded by the local municipality. Simply put- defunding the police means budget cuts, fewer resources, and less ability to provide meaningful training opportunities due to lack of accessible funds.
Some are calling to “defund police” as a first step towards entirely dismantling whole police departments.
There is no one idea to what defunding and dismantling police departments look like- but from what we’ve seen every option on the spectrum creates dangerous situations for communities. “The ‘dismantle’ argument is short-sighted, naive, and shows a shocking lack of understanding,” Rania Mankarious, CEO of public safety non-profit Crime Stoppers of Houston, told Fox News.