As America’s cities are overrun with violence, the solution to reducing crime is simple – but it’s exactly what the left doesn’t want

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There is a big increase in the criminal victimization of urban households in 2021, 30 percent compared to 22 percent in 2020. Local fear of crime is at an all-time high.

The only modality with evidence that it reduces crime is proactive policing.

Are we willing or able to return to proactivity?

There is nothing more important to cities than crime control. Nothing prospers when fear rules. Economic development disappears. Stores close or cut hours. Communities become food deserts. Education suffers. Residents and children are emotionally and physically hurt.

There is endless debate as to what controls violent crime. Suggestions range from violence interrupters to social workers responding to mental health calls to economic investments in high crime communities.

None have a research base indicating that they lower rates of violent or property crime.

The only effort that indicates reductions in crime are proactive police strategies via the US Department of Justice and the National Academies of Sciences. Proactivity means that officers will take their own initiative to approach someone when they have the legal right to question or search. Proactive policing embraces a variety of tactics. But proactivity has major challenges.

The Riots And Public Pushback Killed Proactive Policing

Riots and demonstrations costing well over two billion dollars in insurance claims set off a chain reaction of dramatically increased violent crime and fear of crime, an explosion in firearm and security sales, and people fleeing cities. Businesses are closing or reducing their hours. Economic development in troubled areas is dead.

Most of the protests focused on events germane to proactive police tactics or the use of force.

Cops Responded

Police officers in urban areas heard the voices of residents that proactive police efforts were unwelcome. Cops understood the message; how could they not? Officers responded by pulling back virtually eliminating proactivity.

They gave citizens what they demanded.

I will forever remember a photograph and media account in Baltimore where approximately thirty people surrounded police officers making a felony arrest taunting cops and recording the event. Every conceivable profanity was employed in the most threatening manner. This was immediately after the riots.

I knew from that event that police proactivity was dead.

Crime in Baltimore and a wide variety of cities became ungovernable resulting in a big increase in the criminal victimization of urban households in 2021; 30 percent compared to 22 percent in 2020. Local fear of crime is at a 25 year high.

A recent article in the Baltimore Sun by a liberal columnist stated that Baltimore needs to control its crime or lose businesses and residents. Similar stories are being published throughout the nation.

Now activists and mayors are condemning cops for inaction leading to exploding violence, fear and business loss.

Per ProPublica, In Atlanta, the police union has responded to the pressure for accountability and reform by blaming its critics. “Officers are fed up. They’ve been treated like crap both by their fellow citizens and their own legislators,” said Vince Champion, the southeast regional director for the International Brotherhood of Police Officers, which represents most Atlanta officers. “You can’t have it both ways — call us and we come to do our job, but then if our job gets ugly, we’re the bad guys.”

The police profession suffered through an onslaught of brutally negative media coverage. While some of it was justified based on illegal acts by a small number of officers, the message was clear, all cops are the problem.

Police officers stopped being proactive. They returned to traditional policing practices of responding to calls and patrolling communities. Violence skyrocketed. Per the Department of Labor Statistics, an increasing number of officers are leaving the job. Response times for 911 calls are increasing if they are responded to at all.

There Is Nothing Mandatory About Proactive Policing

Police officers traditionally respond to calls from citizens and patrol communities; there is nothing in the history of policing that mandates proactive policing. It’s a relatively new concept.

As a new cop, I was warned both in the academy and by more experienced officers that proactive criminal stops were dangerous for everyone involved. It’s too easy for crap to hit the fan some said. You had better be able to justify what you did and what brought you to take action.

The lesson? Don’t take chances unless absolutely necessary, and you better be on sound legal grounds or the system would ground you into pulp.

Then crime went up considerably in the 1980s and 1990s and cops were urged to proactively respond. Communities condemned cops for not taking harsh action. I attended community meetings where law enforcement was damned for not being aggressive enough. Some suggested racism or said that we simply didn’t care. “I don’t care how you do it,” said one community leader. “Just get them off my block.”

Mothers Against Drunk Driving demanded arrests where in the past, we called cabs for people on the edge of intoxication. Advocates insisted that arrests be made for domestic violence resulting in the apprehension of both parties when they accused each other of violence. In the past, it was mostly males arrested based on physical evidence (i.e., a badly beaten woman).

Everyone became arrest-happy. Society decided that arrests solved problems.

New York City implemented the “miracle” of aggressive-proactive policing tactics that dramatically reduced crime. No American city has matched New York’s achievement, with overall crime dropping at over twice the national rate —and sustained over a 20-year period. The so-called New York “miracle” has triggered a cottage industry of criminological research into its roots and reasons. The concept was exported to many additional cities.  Media and civic leaders throughout the country applauded the results and asked why it wasn’t happening in their communities.

Cops, on the other hand, were worried. Aggressive proactivity was filled with endless risks and pitfalls. The concerns of police unions and individual officers were dismissed. Cities needed crime control if their residents were to prosper.

Now, we are going through the proactive policing cycle all over again. Mayors understand that proactivity is necessary. Critics are pushing back.

Daily Mail-UK (rearranged quotes)

Black Lives Matter leader has threatened ‘riots’ and ‘bloodshed’ in the streets of New York City if Mayor-elect Eric Adams reinstates the NYPD’s anti-crime units – a vow Adams later doubled down on the following day.

The comments came from New York BLM co-founder Hawk Newsome after debating Adams during a contentious closed-door sit-down event Wednesday with the incoming Democrat leader.

While Adams was able to make headway with the activists on his plans to fight poverty in the black community when he takes office, the former NYPD captain vowed to bring back the controversial anti-crime units composed of about 600 plainclothes officers that target violent crimes – something BLM was angry about.

The mayor-elect doubled down on his promise Thursday, saying: ‘This is what I’m going to do. That was my promise and I’m going to keep it.’

Adams and Newsome also clashed about accountability on Wednesday, with the mayor-elect hitting back at the activist and saying he, too, needs to be held accountable – not just sit back and make demands.

The soon-to-be-mayor also shot back at the group during their closed-door meeting: ‘You’re on the ground: Stop the violence in my community. I’m holding you accountable.

When the BLM leader asked during their sit-down if the stop-and-frisk is coming back, the mayor-elect responded: ‘Stop-and-frisk never went away, brother.’

‘It’s about bringing back a sense of protection in our city and not the disorder we feel at this time,’ Adams had said earlier this month prior to being elected, regarding his plan to clean up the city streets – which have seen an influx of violent crime since the start of the pandemic, Daily Mail-UK.

Conclusions

There isn’t a more important issue for American cities than proactive policing. Violence is destroying communities; it touches every aspect of urban life. It literally destroys the soul of urban residents.

Again, the only body of research that indicates effective crime control is proactive policing. A report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine provides an extensive literature review of research as it pertains to proactive policing.

It may be one of the most significant studies of law enforcement tactics in America. It was financed by the U.S. Justice Department’s National Institute of Justice and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. The bottom line? Proactive policing reduces crime.

And if that wasn’t enough, the events of the past two years prove that when cops are harshly criticized for what mayors, council people and media insisted upon, they stop being proactive, or they leave the job. Again, it wasn’t individual cops who asked for a more dangerous role; it was the power of communities and politicians backed by the media that got us to this point.

Now, mayors and critics throughout the country want a return to proactivity. They want cops to “do their job.”

There isn’t a lot of research as to exactly what cops can and should do beyond the cited report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

What constitutes proactivity? What are the ground rules? How much proactivity? Is the focus on violence or all crime? Is the community supportive? Should communities have a say or veto power in the kind of policing that occurs in their neighborhoods?

These are all questions that the US Department of Justice and the criminological community should have answered decades ago. There isn’t a more important issue for cities. There has to be a consensus.

But no, we are about to throw cops to the wolves once again. They will be told to get out there and be proactive. There won’t be guidance. There won’t be a universal agreement. The crap will hit the fan again when something goes wrong, cops will pull back and we will begin the cycle of violence all over again.

Mayors and council people and community leaders and the media and critics are cowards. No one is willing to state firmly what cops could or should do. They will be the first in line to condemn police actions or mistakes when cops do their bidding.

Somehow, someone in power (i.e., President Biden) needs to stand up and begin the process of examining police proactivity. Mayors need to have the backbone to work with communities and spell out in detail what citizens want. I would love to witness these discussions. Whatever communities decide, they will have to live with their decisions without complaint.

Don’t want traffic stops? Then don’t complain when a nine-year-old crossing the street is hit by someone speeding. Don’t want drug use enforced? Then remain silent when people loudly use it on the corner at 1:00 a.m.

We all have to agree on tactics. Cops need to be supported for doing what others want.

There is nothing mandating that cops stay on the job. Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we are losing a ton of police officers. If they are placed in impossible positions of demanded proactivity once again without consensus and without backing for legal and ethical stops, cities will die.

Per the New York Post, “Then it will be a matter of whether New York has the intelligence, courage and self-respect needed to avoid the abyss.

You could say the same for many American cities.

‘Enough already’: Sig Sauer announces major backing of national ‘re-fund the police’ campaign

Editor note: For those looking for a quick link to get in the fight and support the cause, click here.

NEWINGTON, NH – Law Enforcement Today is pleased to share that Sig Sauer, highly respected and immensely popular leader in the firearms industry, has joined us as a corporate sponsor in our campaign to “Re-Fund the Police.”

As a Law Enforcement Today reader, you know that we have put forth a campaign to back the blue and support re-funding efforts, while calling attention to both the adverse effects of defunding the police, and the positive effects that our dedicated protectors in law enforcement create every single day.

In this campaign, we put out a call for individual and corporate sponsors to join us in this mission.

Sig Sauer, with its honorable and lengthy history of supporting law enforcement, answered that call with a generous donation, standing with us and with our brothers and sisters in blue.

From its humble beginnings as a German gun company in 1751 and a Swiss wagon factory in 1853 who merged in 1875 to its current status as a firearms industry leader, Sig Sauer has remained synonymous with expert, state-of-the art craftsmanship and reliability. 

Sig Sauer has also cultivated a close working relationship with law enforcement over the decades of its existence, marrying its expertise with the needs of those who serve.

As the Sig Sauer website states:

“It is the largest member of a worldwide business group of firearms manufacturers that includes J.P. Sauer & Sohn and Blaser, Gmbh. in Germany.

This global network of companies gives SIG SAUER a world-class firearms knowledge base, unparalleled design expertise, and extensive manufacturing capacity, enabling the company to respond quickly and effectively to changing market conditions and the needs of its military, law enforcement, and commercial markets worldwide.”

As America's cities are overrun with violence, the solution to reducing crime is simple - but it's exactly what the left doesn't want
Sig Sauer Academy. Photo courtesy of Sig Sauer.

In addition to state-of-the art equipment such as firearms, ammunition, optics, suppressors, and air guns, Sig also provides top-of-the line training for law enforcement officers and others.

Sig Sauer Academy, located in Epping, NH, offers firearms and tactics training to everyone from first-time gun owners to the most elite levels of law enforcement and military.  This facility “features state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor ranges, tactical training areas, urban environments, a shoot house, a maritime training area, and a force-on-force village.”

We recently sat down with Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive VP of Commercial Sales, to learn more about Sig Sauer’s decision to back our campaign to “Re-fund the Police.”

Taylor told us:

“The minute we heard the concept, it resonated with us here at Sig Sauer, because it’s so disgusting to us, the whole “defund the police” mentality….

“The police were already shorthanded, there’s never enough training, there’s never enough equipment, there’s never enough people, there’s never enough resources.  

“And then you throw at them this ‘defund the police’ mess, to put it politely.” 

He added:

“It just disgusts us, when we see specific incidents of police agencies like Austin, who have gone so all-in to this concept of taking resources away from an operation that is already underfunded. 

“Who is going to help save lives when they’re needed?  It’s harder and harder to get police officers where they’re needed, on time, because of a lack of resources….

“You hear the 911 calls where people are calling in the middle of a riot in Atlanta, and they say, we’re really sorry but there are no police officers to send to your aid right now.  

“It’s disgusting.”

Taylor explained further that raising money is itself important, but the plans to raise awareness and share the truth with the public are equally significant.

He continued:

“I think it’s important to educate the public that there’s a problem….

“No matter how much money we raise in this effort, it’s also very important that we let the world know that the police need resources and they need money.”

As America's cities are overrun with violence, the solution to reducing crime is simple - but it's exactly what the left doesn't want
Sig Sauer Academy. Photo courtesy of Sig Sauer.

Taylor added that a further advantage to educating the public would be to improve the reputation of law enforcement as a career.

He told us:

“We also need to try to re-engage young people to be police officers, because that used to be such a noble and admirable thing, and now it’s becoming so difficult to be a police officer, and to have young people aspire to be in law enforcement.

“We want to communicate to the world that it’s ok to be a cop.”

Taylor expanded further upon Sig Sauer’s ties with law enforcement, saying:

“It’s in our DNA…. We work closely [at Sig Sauer Academy] with military and law enforcement…. 

“It’s a big part of who our Academy personnel are; they are all current or former military and cops… and so they are such thought leaders for our company for both training and equipment and importantly, mindset. 

“When we are developing a new product, we go talk to them.”

He added:

“Our CEO [Ron Cohen] served in the Israeli military for five years, and our dedication to supporting law enforcement and military runs so deep in this company…. The moment I mentioned the ‘refunding the police’ concept to our CEO, he immediately wanted to support this cause.”

Taylor concluded:

“We absolutely want to let the world know how much we support the thousands of police agencies and hundreds of thousands of officers who carry our products, and those who don’t….

“It doesn’t matter what product they use, they need our support.

“We are doing this because we have so much respect for our police officers, and it is very disappointing that a part of our society allowed something called ‘defund the police’ to become part of our culture, truly sad.”

As America's cities are overrun with violence, the solution to reducing crime is simple - but it's exactly what the left doesn't want
Sig Sauer Academy. Photo courtesy of Sig Sauer.

In addition to its generous financial support, Sig Sauer will also be throwing its own marketing efforts behind the “Re-Fund the Police” campaign, amplifying the message on their social networks.

To learn more about Sig Sauer products and training, visit Sig Sauer at their website, SigSauer.com.  

You can also follow Sig Sauer on their Facebook page, their Twitter feed, their Instagram account, and their LinkedIn account.

Law Enforcement Today is immensely grateful for Sig Sauer’s strong stand to support all those who protect and serve, and we look forward to working together with Sig to “Re-Fund Our Police” and expand public understanding of the the daily good deeds of our protectors in blue, as well as the adverse effects of defunding the police.

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“Re-Fund the Police”: Law Enforcement Today launches nationwide campaign for Americans to back the blue

 

Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.  And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

For those looking for a quick link to get in the fight and support the cause, click here.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – You back the Blue.  You support the police.  You quietly buy an officer a cup of coffee at your local coffeehouse.  You bring homemade cookies to your local police station.  You make it a point to thank an officer when you see one out in public.  

You watch the news, aghast to see crowds of anti-police protesters and rioters committing acts of violence and massive property damage.  You pray daily for the Blue family.

And yet, you may feel quite alone.

Politicians and the mainstream news media would have you think that police support is at an all-time low.

Some of you may have found it necessary to take down your Thin Blue Line flags from your house, or to scrape off the Thin Blue Line sticker from your vehicles, due to the potential for violent retaliation by those who hate the police.

Yes, it is the loudest voices that are the ugliest.  They revile and attack those who back the Blue.  They call, “Defund the Police!” at every turn, fueled by the lie that police officers are racists who are out to kill.

But you are actually in excellent company in your support of the blue family.

According to a Gallup poll, 85% of Americans support law enforcement.  That means supporters of the Thin Blue Line are 285 million strong.

As America's cities are overrun with violence, the solution to reducing crime is simple - but it's exactly what the left doesn't want
85% of Americans support Law Enforcement

That would be 285 million who, like you, refuse join in the calls to defund the police.

And that means you are in the company of those who have logic and reason on their side.

After all, we at Law Enforcement Today bring you stories daily of exploding crime in police-defunded areas such as Austin, Portland,  New York City, or Los Angeles.

Homicide rates since defunding are up 58% in Atlanta, up 533% in Portland, and up 37% in Philadelphia.

Shootings in post-defunded New York City are up 64%, and they are up 51% in Los Angeles and up 18% in Chicago.

In addition, you have also followed our disturbing and often tragic stories of attacks on police officers in the era of police defunding.

Felonious attacks on police are on the rise, as documented by the FBI’s Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) Data Collection.  

According to LEOKA:

“The 50 law enforcement officers feloniously killed in the first 8 months of 2021 represent a 51.5 percent increase compared to the 33 officers killed during the same period in 2020.”

As America's cities are overrun with violence, the solution to reducing crime is simple - but it's exactly what the left doesn't want
370 officers gave their lives in the line of duty in 2020

Also thanks to defunding, police departments across the country now lack training, resources, and equipment.  Ironically, calls for additional training in cultural awareness, de-escalation, and use of force often have to go unheeded due to the lack of financial resources.

Another irony is that the push to do away with less-lethal options such as Tasers and tear gas will simply lead to more fatal police shootings.

These alarming stories and statistics indicate beyond a doubt that defunding the police is absolutely the wrong move for this great country.  You know this, yet you and 285 million other voices are all too often silenced by social pressures as well as physical threats of violence.  

You are even told, “Silence is violence,” when it comes to refusing to stand against law enforcement.

Your voice matters, and you need to be heard.

As Law Enforcement Today National Spokesman Kyle Reyes points out:

“Americans have stood by in disbelief as this ‘defund the police’ movement has spread across America and ravaged our communities.  

“We’ve watched our cities burn, our officers be attacked and violence skyrocket.  

“It’s time to come out of the twilight zone.  It’s time to fight back.”

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Law Enforcement Today, the nation’s largest police-owned media outlet, has developed a way to make your voice heard and oppose those who would seek to remove funding from those who protect and serve.

It’s called the “Re-Fund the Police” campaign.

Reyes explains:

“We wanted to make the “Re-fund the Police” campaign something that everyone- whether you can spare $1 or $1 million – can be a part of.

“People will donate to politicians all day long in hopes that person will get elected and possibly make a difference.

“We are asking for people to come forward and support those who make a difference and save lives every single day.”

Through your generous donations, Law Enforcement today will direct a media and advertising blitz to rally other Americans who, like you, are done with attacks on law enforcement, both physical and financial.  

Here’s what the funds go towards:

  1. We’ve assembled a “strike team” of researchers and reporters who will delve deeply into the devastating impact that defunding the police has on communities and families.  They’re going after not just the “leaders” in Congress who are pushing to defund the police… but they’re exposing everyone from the local politicians and city councils who are behind it.  They’re also tracing the money of exactly who is funding this “defund the police” movement.
  2.  We will focus on publicizing all the negative effects of defunding police while expressing support for our brothers and sisters in blue.  The advertising blitz will be a show of support for police officers all across America.
 

In addition, we will be sending a team of reporters into our communities to share positive stories of law enforcement, stories which are consistently ignored by the mainstream media.

As a thank-you for your generosity in standing strong for the blue family, we are offering access codes for Law Enforcement Today’s Wounded Officer documentary and Border Crisis documentary.  In addition, we offer additional perks such as stickers and Thin Blue Line face masks or yard signs.

Donors are also able to honor or memorialize a member of the blue family.

For those who cannot afford to contribute, we invite you to be a part of a nationwide chain of prayer warriors.  

You can join our prayer chain along with other supporters who are willing to pray for our brothers and sisters in blue.  

As America's cities are overrun with violence, the solution to reducing crime is simple - but it's exactly what the left doesn't want
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Also, when you sign up for our newsletter, we will keep you informed on how we are continuing to back the Blue, and bring you the stories the mainstream media will not touch.

Now to small businesses who are sick and tired of watching our cities burn as the “defund the police” movement spreads.

For business donors, we are pleased to offer a unique opportunity to make a difference in police departments across the country.

Reyes explains:

“We wanted to make sure small businesses could get in the fight, so we are rolling out the ‘adopt a police department’ program.”

Your business donation will be used to cover stories in the community of your choice, and expose those who are attempting to defund the police.  Those stories, if you choose, will also include a thank you to your business and a link back to your business website.  

In addition, your generous business donation will go toward advertising campaigns that highlight the negative effects of demonizing and defunding the police.

As America's cities are overrun with violence, the solution to reducing crime is simple - but it's exactly what the left doesn't want
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This will give you the opportunity to show to millions of Americans that, unlike “woke” anti-police organizations, you support and appreciate law enforcement.

Reyes points out:

“Corporate America rallied around the Black Lives Matter movement, donating hundreds of millions of dollars to a campaign that brought widespread looting and destruction in our cities.  

“This is an opportunity for businesses to show America that law and order and keeping people safe still means something to them.”

Please join your voice with Law Enforcement Today in this campaign to support all those who protect and serve us.

We invite you to visit the Re-Fund the Police website for further information.

If you have questions, or you want to start your own fundraising team, feel free to email us at [email protected]

It’s time to get in the fight.

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