non·​crim·​i·​nal | \ ˌnän-ˈkri-mə-nᵊl How to pronounce noncriminal (audio) , -ˈkrim-nəl \

Definition of noncriminal

: not criminal : not relating to, involving, or being a crime a noncriminal civil offense : not guilty of or prone to criminal activity … has studied the prefrontal cortex of both violent criminals who were murderers, and noncriminal people, by way of MRI scans.— Colleen Reynolds

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Recent Examples on the Web In Sacramento, however, noncriminal, traffic, medical and proactive incidents have, so far this year, accounted for 80% of how officers spend their time. Ryan Kost, San Francisco Chronicle, "Berkeley’s bold vision for the future of policing," 16 Aug. 2020 The remaining 5% will be used to develop a plan resulting in protocols that would direct police officers away from responding to noncriminal calls involving the homeless and mentally ill — social workers would fill that role instead. Megan Cassidy,, "San Francisco plans to redirect $120 million from law enforcement to Black community," 31 July 2020 The Seattle Times reported that most 911 calls Seattle police respond to are noncriminal calls, such as disturbances, parking issues and public assistance. Fox News, "Seattle City Council faces new calls to 'defund' police," 10 July 2020 The approach could involve diverting noncriminal emergency calls to first responders, ranging from social workers, drug counselors, and youth advisers to paramedics, victim advocates, and homeless assistance providers. Martin Kuz, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘It’s way past time to try something new’: The push to defund police," 19 June 2020 Police no longer will respond to noncriminal calls San Francisco officers will stop responding to disputes between neighbors, reports about homeless people and school discipline interventions. Los Angeles Times, "As protesters call for defunding police, Northwest cities seek to reimagine law enforcement," 12 June 2020 Breed’s proposal would remove sworn officers from responding to neighbor disputes, school discipline interventions, behavioral health crises and other such noncriminal activities. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: Will San Francisco’s Police Department look different in a year?," 12 June 2020 Some states have begun to do that by releasing elderly and ill prisoners, people serving time on noncriminal probation and parole revocations and people like McKinney, who don't have much time left on their sentences. Natalie Brophy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Families of inmates fear coronavirus as researcher says 'it's nearly impossible to do infection control in prisons'," 2 Apr. 2020 Most of the new laws, which call for noncriminal administrative fines ranging from $100 to $500, allow teens to attend a tobacco educational or diversion program instead of paying the fine. Catherine Ho,, "A fine on kids who vape? Some California cities want it," 4 Jan. 2020

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1711, in the meaning defined above

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“Noncriminal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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non·​crim·​i·​nal | \ ˌnän-ˈkri-mən-ᵊl \

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: not criminal noncriminal conduct

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