Obviously every location has different needs; larger cities are much different than small towns. I roll my eyes at Laramie having an MRAP. And I did consider the maintenance aspect as well, just seems like it's still a minimal cut and only serves as an "optics" cut. Do the cuts enter into the dispatcher realm too? They are already entirely undervalued.
All I know is I have seen far too many killings of people of all colors to trust police at this point. Daniel Shaver comes to mind. Floyd's killing was despicable. I look at Brooks' killing and think "...were they actually justified by the letter of the law? Yeah, I guess, but he should have never gotten away from them both...", which I'm sure has been discussed greatly here somewhere, and I'm not trying to start a convo here. Just stating that I think many cops are ill-prepared, and in many cases just not personally equipped to be police. Don't see how that is overcome with less money.
Communities policing their own? Hmmm... I don't see that working out as intended either.