Six years ago Steve Martingano challenged conventions with his innovative policing strategy at Denver RTD by pairing officers with mental health workers. He saw a lot of police interactions weren't criminal issues, but medical issues. People needed help. They needed medical care. They needed support. They needed housing. Steve talks with Paul about how after six years he's expanding his efforts beyond medical and mental health support to housing and social service access. Steve talks about changing mindsets about the causes and solutions of issues on transit and how it's positively affected the region.
Learn how it started, where it is today, and how he continues to help those most vulnerable in his community.
We also hear in the news segment about the billions of dollars of funding awarded for low and no emissions plus other infrastructure investments.
Elea Carey talks about how to measure the effectiveness of your communications plans and Mike Bismeyer checks in on great work helping others in Orlando, FL.
Next week Paul is talking with David Scorey of Keolis about contracting in public transit.
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