From noisy neighbors to strangers on your street, it can be tempting to call the police in situations that aren’t really emergencies. Over the years, some responsibilities have been directed to law enforcement that would be better suited for social workers and mental health experts.
Ask yourself a few questions before calling the police. You might be acting on biases you didn’t know you had or using police resources for a situation better suited for another public service. Here are some questions to start with.