UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – We are now less than 60 days from the mid-term elections across this country. And there are items on ballots across this nation that will potentially have a lasting impact on the men and women who protect and serve our communities.
Luckily, there are those who support our members of law enforcement and are assisting in the education of issues facing our police, deputies, constables, troopers and agents.
Law Enforcement Today is one of those groups that strives to inject the absolute truth into the stories we share to better equip our readers for the conversations they have day after day. But we are not alone in that effort.
We have shared the American Police Officer Alliance (APOA) within the pages of LET (keep reading) earlier this summer.
The APOA exists for the sole purpose of helping to “elect local leaders who respect and understand the decisions police officers are forced to make each day, and will fight for their rights and ensure that police officers are receiving the support, tools, training, and compensation they need and deserve so they can remain safe as they protect us.”
They are a 527 organization, which are created primarily to influence the selection, nomination, election, appointment or defeat of candidates to federal, state or local public office.
The efforts of APOA is centered in identifying and supporting candidates that will push legislative actions that work to enable law enforcement to safely and effectively do the jobs that their communities need them to do to safeguard their areas of jurisdiction. They also seek to educate members of the LEO community of what the actual issues are that will impact them by where they work.
In fact, they have even created a “how-to” guide on communicating effectively with elected officials and how to contact them.
They have also implemented a 2022 voters guide to help identify what they believe to be the primary issues facing law enforcement across the country.
2022 is a major election year and current federal immigration policies have led to a record high crisis level of migrants crossing our southern border and causing havoc on local law enforcement. Download our 2022 Voter Guide and share it with your friends.https://t.co/0KqGSG5Elr
— American Police Officers Alliance (@APOA_USA) May 4, 2022
Among those are illegal immigration, refunding police, and civilian police oversight boards.
“We must elect candidates who will commit to holding the Biden Administration accountable for their failure on protecting American sovereignty,” the guide said.
We are seeing an increased number of illegal crossings at our southern border. Couple that with a severely decreased number of removals, and you have what is essentially an open border under the current administration, despite their best efforts to convince Americans otherwise.
This unchecked migration brings increased levels of violent offenders into our nation, taxing our law enforcement agencies beyond reason.
Referring to the likes of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Corey Bush, the guide also pointed to the Defund movement, which even Nancy Pelosi has stated is not the position of the Democrat party. Ironically, they are all now touting that the defund effort is a conservative movement.
“…it is critical to support candidates who will male sure police departments are refunded and to hold accountable the ones who supported the dangerous Defund agenda in the first place.”
Given the overall failures (aside from New York City, Minneapolis, Seattle, Austin, and a handful of others) to defund or abolish law enforcement, the left is assuming a new posture.
If they can’t defund or get rid of law enforcement, let create biased committees that will provide the oversight we need to control policing and make it what we want it to be, or as they call it, reimagined.
Using a story from Willimantic, CT, the city created a civilian review board to investigate complaints against the police department.
In a letter to the Town Council, Paul Hussey wrote that one member of the review board had claimed on social media that “Willimantic police officers shoot African Americans for no reason,” but that individual was allowed to continuing to serve in that capacity, regardless of the provably false claims they made publicly.
“This shows a lack of leadership and transparency which, ironically, is what the committee is demanding from my officers,” Hussey wrote. “There are members who were not properly selected and have a bias against the police.”
On these three topics, and likely many others, we agree with the APOA. These are legitimate legislative issues facing our law enforcement communities, and something must be done to remove those pushing the agendas from office using the ballot box.
Vital voter education: American Police Officers Alliance exposes the anti-police movement in series of videos
ARLINGTON, VA – With the midterm elections fast approaching, it is vital that voters are well-versed on issues so that they can make informed decisions about who they want to represent them.
American Police Officers Alliance has crafted a set of brief and informative videos to provide voters with extensive information on the anti-police movement.
APOA is a political organization dedicated to fighting for the rights of police officers nationwide, working diligently to elect leaders who will stand up to anti-police pressure and stand strong for law enforcement.
Its mission statement reads:
“Our mission is to fight for those who protect our nation’s citizens.
“We will ensure that police officers maintain their benefits such as retirement pensions and protect their rights from government and politicians that are blatantly anti-police.
“We will work to ensure that our officers have the best local leadership possible.
“This means that we will work to defend strong police leadership and interests in our nation’s cities and work to elect officials who will stand up for our police force.”
In keeping with their stated goals, APOA has taken on the scourge of the anti-police movement, which has especially gained significant momentum, as well media and political support, during the last two years.
One way the organization has chosen to combat the anti-police movement is via a recently released docuseries entitled “Exposing the Anti-Police Agenda.”
According to an APOA press release, this collection of videos will be a:
“timely and informative docu-series that chronicles, critically examines, and dissects the anti-police movement.”
The press release continues:
“The newly released ‘Exposing the Anti-Police Agenda’ video series will be an invaluable tool for those concerned with issues of crime prevention, law enforcement, support of our nation’s police officers, and opposition to the ‘defund the police’ movement.”
These videos will help educate voters who are committed to the support of public safety, and the support of those who protect and defend, to make their own informed decisions regarding the anti- or pro-police stance of candidates.
The videos are only a few minutes in length, with easily digested information, facts, and statistics accompanied by compelling video footage.
The first docuseries video, embedded below, is entitled “The Truth About the Anti-Police Movement.”
It seeks to educate viewers on the origins and influence of the anti-police agenda, describing how the anti-police movement has successfully influenced legislators on the defunding of police and the tying of police hands when it comes to enforcing the law.
As the narrator notes:
“crime is increasing, and criminals are becoming bold and more violent. From Antifa’s point of view, this is a great success.
“After all, crime, violence, and lawlessness weaken the fabric of society.
“And for the anti-police extremists like Antifa and its allies, breaking down society and weakening our nation is the ultimate goal.”
The second video, “The Truth About Antifa,” delves into the history of Antifa’s rise and its prominent, “outsized” role in the anti-police movement, noting that “upon close examination, Antifa actually quite closely resembles the fascists they claim to oppose.”
It can be viewed below:
The third video,“The Occupation of Seattle in 2020,” digs deeper into Antifa’s history, chronicling how Antifa and other extremist groups occupied a Seattle neighborhood for several months during the so-called “Summer of Love.”
The area, which included a Seattle Police precinct, became a “veritable war zone” known as CHOP or CHAZ.
Succumbing to pressure from violent radicals, Seattle officials moved for an 18 percent cut in the police budget, and unsurprisingly, crime subsequently “soared throughout the city” and Seattle police officers left in droves.
The narrator notes:
“In city after city, the story is familiar:
“Politicians cave to Antifa and other extremist groups, cutting funding for law enforcement and stopping police from doing their jobs.”
The third video can be seen below:
The fourth video, to be released soon, will examine “the tactics and goals of the anti-police movement.”
Additional videos are planned for release throughout the summer.
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Daniel Stuebs, Executive Director of APOA, commented in the APOA press release on the docuseries:
“There are many anti-police groups and politicians in the United States that are actively trying to turn society against the police.
“It is important that we expose their anti-police agenda and raise awareness of their tactics before the midterm elections.
“Their rhetoric will continue to pose a danger to our country and our people if we don’t elect more politicians that support law enforcement.
“Please vote for law and order this Fall!”
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Reyes: The latest buzz words are ‘police brutality’, ‘defund police’ and ‘de-escalation’. Here’s why they’re all wrong.
By Kyle S. Reyes, National Spokesman for Law Enforcement Today. Originally published 6.17.20 and still as relevant today…
If we started seeing an uptick in the number of heart attack victims who died… would we get rid of heart surgeons? Or would we perhaps start looking at both the root cause – and the training of the surgeons?
As the National Spokesman for Law Enforcement Today, the largest police-owned news outlet in America, I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the fact that we’re in some crazy times.
Let’s talk about the Floyd situation candidly, for a second.
There’s not a single cop I know that was ok with what happened. Not a single officer who condoned it.
Not a single member of law enforcement who isn’t willing to have a conversation about what’s happening in America right now.
But conversations aren’t what’s happening. Rage is. Anarchy is. And perhaps even worse is that there’s a mob mentality built around the only knee-jerk proposal that’s seriously being considered: “defund the police.”
It’s a catastrophic mistake.
And so today, I’d like to spark an actual conversation about what would actually help “reform” policing:
What the media tells you it is: “If you shoot the guy pointing a loaded gun at you, you’re a bad cop because you couldn’t convince him through gentle words to not kill you.”
What the Department of Justice says it is: “The strategic slowing down of an incident in a manner that allows officers more time, distance, space and tactical flexibility during dynamic situations on the street.”
Here’s the truth of it. There’s no nationally standardized, controlled manual of what that is. And there probably never will be.
That’s ridiculous, you say.
But is it? Every scenario is different. Every single person is different. Think about it like this.
Take two people. Two different upbringings. Two different sets of life. In this case, take a combat veteran. A young African American man.
As an officer, what do you know about them? Only what you can generalize, right? And your generalizations are going to come from your different upbringings. Different sets of life. Different experiences.
And that’s where we find ourselves getting into the nuances and complexities of de-escalation.
That combat veteran. It could be a well-trained Marine who is an incredible leader.
Or it could be a guy who just lost two friends to suicide and he’s battling a traumatic brain injury and PTSD. You can’t know by what’s on the outside. But one cop might have been raised to love veterans and have a military family history… and the other might have gotten the hell beat out of him by guys growing up who went on to become grunts.
The young African American. He could be a rising scholar. A man of God. A star sports player. Or he could have been lost to drugs at a young age after his dad left… and the kid turned to a life of crime and murder.
The cop could have grown up in a diverse neighborhood and have an upbringing that included a mix of all backgrounds and ethnicities. Or he could have been jumped and mugged by a group of young black men, and he still has prejudices and generalizations based on that experience.
So what do you do? How do you train them?
A program I got to go through recently might be the solution to that.
VirTra simulation training ensures officers are put into situations they may face in the field and better prepares the officer to do their jobs efficiently and safely for all involved.
VirTra’s curricula immerses them in real-life situations where an officer must practice judgmental use of force hands-on, rather than listening to hours of lecture in a classroom.
“We know that our focus on de-escalation and proportionality is creating more positive outcomes,” said Police Chief William Scott of the San Francisco Police Department.
He’s not the only one.
“It’s really impressive. I think back 25 years ago when I first got on the job to think where we have come and the type of training that the members need because of the situations they are put into and how quickly those situations change.
It’s not just about shooting guns, it’s the de-escalation scenarios and the real city experiences. I think our officers are going to be very impressed,” said Chief Dave Jansen of the New Westminster PD.
Cities like Tucson, which has dealt with rising crime and protests recently, has seen great success with this approach.
“Currently we use the system for Use of Force policy discussions, supervisory training, de-escalation, arrest and control tactics, situational awareness, critical decision making, gun safety, and more. The VirTra V-300 is and continues to be a valuable component of Tucson Police Department’s training academy” said Lt. Corey Doggett, Training Commander of the Tucson PD.
And the company is already working with police departments to get around the funding problems.
“The S.T.E.P. program allows law enforcement entities to request the money under their training budget, not under their equipment budgets. It is much easier to sell city leaders, city councils and communities on the need for increased training dollars in de-escalation and use of force measures than it is to convince them to purchase high-dollar equipment,” said Captain Jody Hayes of the West Des Moines PD.
Here’s another point to consider. At what point does “de-escalation” turn into “survival”? Is it when the suspect pulls out a gun?
What about a rock?
You do realize that rock can be deadly, right? And for those of you who think it’s not common… here are just a handful of cases in Arizona alone:
So I’ll ask this again: what IS de-escalation? And how can you practice something that’s so tough to define?
Force Science Institute is a great example of a thought-leader really helping advance that conversation today.
As a matter of fact, they have an entire course built around it. In their words:
“The Realistic De-Escalation Instructor Course thoroughly dissects the complex concept of “de-escalation” and the many elements in determining its feasibility or effectiveness in a variety of encounter types.
“This deeper knowledge of de-escalation is valuable to both line officers and the investigators and administrators called in to review force events after the fact. All these parties will need to determine to what extent using de-escalation techniques is feasible in specific high-pressure and rapidly unfolding encounters.
“This course is designed for law enforcement trainers, whether they deal with street officers, field supervisors, investigators, attorneys, administrators or any other group within law enforcement. Instead of being based on the rhetoric that exists around the emotionally charged subject of police use-of-force encounters and the specter of excessive force, the curriculum is based on unbiased scientific realities.
“The Force Science Institute’s research into human behavior as it applies to high-pressure encounters and de-escalation provides essential insights for law enforcement personnel at all levels and is designed to be the basis for de-escalation training for police.
“Participants in the course will learn concepts and methods that support de-escalation efforts when personal connections can be made between officers and subjects. These attendees will be given knowledge regarding ways to help people in a state of mental health crisis, or whose perception of reality is altered.
“Law enforcement officers using the lessons from this course will be able to better manage human beings with better skills around establishing contact, building rapport and gaining influence to achieve police objectives.
Read: We will help make better police officers by giving them the training they so desperately need – and want.
Do you really think “defunding the police” is going to solve the problem? Think again. Funding is one of the biggest reasons we’re doing such a lousy job on training at scale across America.
As we reported last week, “Defund the police” is one of the more ridiculous cries we’ve heard in the recent weeks.
The question shouldn’t be “how can we take away money from police?”
It should be:
“What’s it going to cost to give them the best training they can get… to save as many lives as they can?”
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