Police training is expensive and it's still not enough

Police and protesters converge during a demonstration on Sept. 23, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. Louisville activists who put in long hours protesting t...

August 16, 2022
5:26 AM

Police and protesters converge during a demonstration on Sept. 23, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. Louisville activists who put in long hours protesting the death of Breonna Taylor say they felt relief when federal officials charged four officers on Aug. 4. — AP Photo/John Minchillo, File John Minchillo But additional training will be expensive, at a time when we already spend a lot on law enforcement. A Bloomberg CityLab study conducted after reports that Uvalde (population 16,000) spends 40% of its budget on police found the figure not at all unusual: In cities of similar size, an average of 32% of their budgets pays for policing.

Stephen L. Carter