After four years on the job, Pompilio said there has been a significant drop in repeat 911 calls with approximately 15 percent fewer people going to jail.
Now retired, former Alexandria Police Department chief Mike Ward said the results were immediate both for people in need and taxpayers.
“It was close to a $45,000 to $50,000 annual savings from hiring a police officer the first time to hiring a social worker,” Ward said. “They (police social workers) started solving problems for people in our community and for our agency that we’ve never been able to solve before.”
Interesting article on a Kentucky city’s experiment.