Police Often Help Foster a Feeling of Community
Their presence can offer a sense of safety
Police officers' presence in communities, at coffee shops and neighborhood stores, and talking to students in schools all add to a sense of safety for parents, children, and members of that community. In the absence of other infrastructure, police can rescue cats from trees, be a mentor to troubled youth, or serve as a deterrent from criminal elements entering a community. Police chiefs often have to play the role of community liaison as well, bridging gaps between law enforcement and citizens to better understand each other. Defunding could cut the workforce and reduce their ability to focus on this crucial aspect of building relationships. Without a police or sheriffs' department, a community may feel like it is underfunded and unprotected, forcing many residents to relocate to surrounding areas and collapsing a local economy, businesses, schools, and daily life. Abolishing police or drastically defunding a police force will also mean deteriorating the relationship between a city government and its residence who pay for it through their taxes.