Redefining Public Safety: Lessons Learned from Police Budget Reallocation Efforts

Libby Doyle, a Research Analyst in the Justice Policy Center, and Leah Sakala, a Senior Policy Associate in the Justice Policy Center, provided testimony for a public budget oversight hearing on the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement and the Metropolitan Police Department before the District of Columbia Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety. In their testimony, Doyle and Sakala discuss lessons learned from their research on police budget reallocation efforts in cities across the country. The examples provided in the testimony highlight both the potential mechanisms for budget reallocation and the importance of redistributing funds diverted from the police to meet the needs that community members voice.