In April 2019, Olympia, Washington launched its civilian Crisis Response Unit, initiated by a former police chief who had worked in Eugene, which has a 31-year-old CAHOOTS program, a civilian dispatcher team that responds to mental health calls instead of the police. In Olympia, the team's roughly $550,000 budget is funded through a public safety levy, which was passed by voters in 2017. They are contracted by the police department, on call daily from 7am-9pm. Between April and June 2020, they made over 500 contacts with community members. Since protests began in the wake of George Floyd's death in late-May, city leaders are asking how to more adequately address instances of nonviolent crime. San Francisco, Minneapolis, Albuquerque and Los Angeles have all announced intentions to develop civilian first-responder programs. Denver began a pilot program in June 2020.

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