Published On: Wed, Sep 15th, 2021

LA City Council Moves Toward Developing Unarmed Crisis Response Model

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LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles city council took a step toward developing an unarmed model of crisis response Wednesday by authorizing the city administrative officer to revise and release a Request For Proposals for the program that would divert nonviolent calls for services away from police officers. Nonprofits in Los Angeles will be able to submit proposals for operating the program and providing staff that would respond to the calls. The city will hold question-and-answer sessions during the process to engage with communities and encourage submissions. “I really want to make sure that we have a lot of bidders because there are such amazing nonprofits in Los Angeles, and they all need to hear about this and hear about the opportunity to engage because we’re really trying to create something special here,” Councilman Bob Blumenfield said before the vote Wednesday. Blumenfield, Council President Nury Martinez, Councilmen Curren Price and Marqueece Harris-Dawson, …

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