Everyone Benefits When Police Departments Hire Social Workers

How one Kentucky agency refocused its officers, saved money — and earned new respect from the community.

By Chief Mike Ward (Ret.)

I’m a big proponent of community policing and have been for years. But it’s my opinion that community policing has failed in one particular area: we have tried to make social workers out of cops, and it just doesn’t work. We’re not wired that way. Social workers do the best social work. Partnering with them didn’t work in our community because there were…