Alternative Emergency Response Working Group of DSA Santa Cruz

A presentation describing CAHOOTS – a non-police mobile crisis response service in Eugene, Oregon – and how this model could be a better alternative for many situations currently handled by police in Santa Cruz County. Q&A to follow.


Alternative Emergency Response Working Group

The Alternative Emergency Response working group exists to outline and advocate for an alternative model for responding to nonviolent emergency calls in Santa Cruz. This program will consist of unarmed medical and mental health-care professionals dispatched through 911. We believe this will make a material difference in over-policed communities, and will demonstrate the utility and necessity of defunding the police and refunding the community.