More on investing in youth.

Here is a paper from the National League of Cities which hits on the same point that I have been trying to make; if hiring more police costs us our investments in youth and quality of life, we should weigh whether that is a good decision.

The safety, health, and education of youth depend on both strong families and supportive communities. City investments can make an enormous impact when combined strategically  with the resources of other entities, from schools and workforce boards to United Ways and faith-based organizations.  Especially in a year when 80 percent of cities have made personnel cuts, these partnerships are crucial.

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