Support Social Workers in the LPD

A letter to my City Council members:

Dear Council,

I am urging you to vote this Monday in support of adding social workers to the Livonia Police Department under the Hegira Health contract.

It should be clear to anyone paying attention that most police departments are ill-equipped to handle the wide range of issues reported to them. Traffic stops and arrests are one thing, but issues stemming from mental health and social problems require an entirely different skillset that most officers simply don’t have.

The creation of a crisis support team and the addition of two well-trained social workers will be a good first step in providing the resources the LDP needs to provide our city with the public safety we all deserve.

Thank you,
Jason Rodriguez
Livonia, MI