WS Resident for Social Justice
re question 1: 9-1-1 is not so much the ‘brain’ as it is the communications LINK between the public (you) and the police in the field.
They manage the calls and link cops with calls for service. Their funding comes from a variety of sources including state (9-1-1) taxes. They are also civilian run with civilian supervisors (overseen by a single sworn officer). Because of that I have no idea what social justice inequities Decriminalize Seattle hopes to correct by pulling civilians (and a fixed budget that can be used for other things) out of the police department.