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If 911 is going to send fewer police officers to emergency calls, who goes instead? Monroe County has put together a Forensic Intervention (FIT) Team. The goal is to provide an appropriate response for every individual situation. How is it funded? How does it work?

We explore it with our guests:

  • Corinda Crossdale, deputy county executive for Health and Human Services
  • Meghan Jenner, manager of the Office of Mental Health Services, and FIT supervisor

Last week, Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo signed an anti-annoyance bill into law, despite opposition from law enforcement. The law prohibits harassment of a police officer, peace officer, or first responder in Monroe County, and criminalizes behavior that “that “intends to annoy, alarm or threaten the personal safety” of those individuals as they perform official duties.

Law enforcement agencies across the county have stated they will not enforce the law; Monroe County Sheriff Todd Baxter has said it is a solution to a problem that does not exist. Additional critics say the law is unconstitutional and will erode police-community relations. But Dinolfo’s administration says the County Executive spoke with law enforcement officials and felt the law had their support.

We’re joined by members of law enforcement and local government officials who share their perspectives on the law and its future. In studio:

Last week in Rochester, police chased a suspect in multiple shootings as he drove a U-Haul through the city streets. The public watched the suspect and law enforcement exchange gunfire through videos posted by photographers on social media. At one point, the suspect pointed his gun at one of the photographers.

This hour, we talk to members of law enforcement and the media about the danger they face doing their jobs. In studio:

We look at the difficult decisions that law enforcement must make in complex cases, from the recent prison escape to dealing with homegrown terrorism connected to ISIS. Our guests have extensive experience and can offer insight into the decision-making processes. In studio:

  • Mark Concordia, Director of the Criminal Justice Administration Program at Roberts Wesleyan College; spent 13 years with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force
  • William Hochul, United States Attorney for the Western District of New York