The overreliance on and overfunding of police forces in the US must be met with budget cuts, holds Bryce Covert of The Nation. Crime statistics have been dropping in many areas while police budgets needlessly continue to grow. Defunding the police means reallocating this money to help communities and address societal problems at the root. The fact that prisons are America's largest mental health facilities is damning. People that need help should be met with support, not handcuffs. Additionally, the COVID-19 crisis will result in huge budget cuts everywhere. Leaving police funding as it is would mean instability, hunger, and suffering elsewhere.
The call to defund police in the US is misguided, suggests Michael Brendan Dougherty of National Review. Higher police budgets have resulted in lower crime levels; taking away this money would therefore only create more problems. In fact, police funding should be raised. This way, departments could increase salaries, which would draw in more qualified applicants. Additionally, this could result in improved training for officers, to better prepare them to make good decisions in tough situations. Some reforms are clearly needed, and better ways of responding to mentally ill people should be implemented. Well-funded police is necessary to keep crime in check.