One university just defunded its police department.
The Daily Mail reports that the University of California, Davis, has just announced that it will replace its traditional campus police department with a leftist vision of what they believe policing ought to look like.
The change has been in the making for roughly one year. Following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others at the hands of police, UC Davis created what they called the Next Generation Campus Safety Task Force.
The task force is made up of students, faculty, and staff, and its purpose is to decide “how the university’s Police Department should evolve to look, operate and engage.”
One of the first recommendations the task force made to the university included the idea of redirecting funds away from the school’s police department, which is exactly what happened.
However, it didn’t stop there.
Going whole hog
On Tuesday, according to Fox News, the university announced that it eliminated three traditional police jobs, which were vacant at the time of the decision. Other officers will now be retrained as “CORE” officers.
The university explains “CORE” officers, writing: “When called, an officer in plain clothes will arrive in an electric vehicle or on a bike. The officer will be able to answer questions and concerns, advise on a range of law enforcement issues, and connect you with the resources you need.”
In addition to this, the university is going to redirect funds to hire a public safety policy analyst, who will support data, accreditation, and transparency efforts in the police department.
In addition, the university will also train fire personnel to respond to mental health calls.
UC Davis is now the latest entity to join the utopian leftist policing experiment, and such a ridiculous decision will likely soon be put to the test as the campus’ crime rates have steadily risen in recent years.
In 2020, the campus saw 565 incidents of theft, 100 burglaries, one robbery with a dangerous weapon, two aggravated assaults, and three forcible rapes. This year, in October alone, the university saw 134 criminal incidents, including an instance of forcible rape.