Reform the NYPD
The NYPD has too many responsibilities but remains a critical feature of a functioning government. Police officers should not be the primary response to medical calls, noise complaints, and homelessness, and the Department has proven incapable of confronting its systemic racism at the cost of black and brown lives. Resources should be shifted from the bloated police budget to fund schools, parks, housing, health care, and other essential social services. In addition, more than half of NYPD officers do not live in New York City, and according to data less than five years old, only 4% live in Manhattan. How can we expect essential workers who cannot afford to live in or near their own neighborhoods to take care of our neighbors? Crime and fear are on the rise, and we must find a way to oversee a police force that is just and fair, yet empowered to conduct police work appropriately.