“Having SROs normalizes the presence of Law Enforcement. This is actually analogous to why I do not support the Rosemont Mine Project. If we do not support the Mining, and we are able to provide alternatives for energy sources, and provide services for recycling mined materials, then we can let our mines lay fallow until such a time when we need a fresh supply.
That being said if we had no officers, we would be forced to self-regulate and consider other venues.
That being said, there are a lot of bad people out there who do not do well with no regulation. Consider the lootings that happened during the LA Riots. I get being mad at law enforcement, but people were crazy destructive. Consider the number of perpetrators of domestic violence. 1 out of 4 women will experience Domestic Violence. 1 out of 7 men will experience Domestic Violence. Just last week, a woman was murdered by her boyfriend. Timothy Steller has the stats on domestic violence crimes in the city.
That being said, there are so many ways that people can release emotions. Pumpkin smashing is one of them. The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona hosted one after Halloween last year. And, people can engage in mindfulness and meditation classes, art programs, etc. Our Pima County Public Library receives funds for programs that are free to the community. Our Tucson Parks and Recreation Program has created walking paths in community parks.
We can do more with Programs that are healthy and fun!”