The most heavily policed communities are also those that often experience more trauma to begin with due to racism, generational trauma, poverty, drug involvement etc. Engaging with front line and emergency services, should not exacerbate this trauma. But it does.
Community safety is best served through preventative measures. Access to safe affordable housing, accessible transportation, safe supply and mental health supports are all prerequisites for a safer more resilient community. We must prioritize front line supports rooted in community, built on trust, focused on mental health, de-escalation and culturally safe, trauma informed practices. Fundamentally, all front-line workers and community leaders should be supported in developing these skills and practices, and working through their own trauma, regardless of profession or role.