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Calls to defund and reform police agencies have been emphasized in recent public discourse. Demands range from shuttering police agencies to shifting resources and responsibility for responding to noncriminal social and behavioral health vulnerabilities to the health and social services sector. This Open Forum discusses how police officers became primary responders to behavioral health concerns, how this arrangement disproportionately and negatively affects communities of color, and severaldoi:10.1176/appi.ps.202000572 pmid:33887954 fatcat:kg7iymh2ircybea7xmdpumvsi4