What can elected officials do to promote diverse and welcoming communities in an effort to attract the best and brightest minds to our region?
The first and most important is to make sure that our regional policing organizations have training in systemic racism, and body cameras. We need to look at police union contracts to make it easier for officers who demonstrate excessive violence to leave the profession. This probably means better protections for their pensions to make leaving the profession less of a high-stakes decision. A related action is to look at ways to reduce the number of potentially dangerous situations that officers face through non-policing policies in housing and mental health.
Elected officials can also lead in public efforts to learn about domestic and international cultures other than their own.