‘Left deserted on an island’: Law enforcement expert reveals what’s secretly happening at Riker’s Island

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In just a few short weeks, Eric Leroy Adams will take over as the 110th mayor of the City of New York. He will inherit a rapidly deteriorating public safety environment that has declined to the extent of several unprecedented shootings right in the heart of New York City, at Times Square.

More danger lies out of the public eye just a few miles away, in the form of a ticking time bomb known as Rikers Island.

Rikers has recently caught the attention of national headlines due to achieving unprecedented benchmarks in poor performance.

Among them are a record level of in custody deaths, specifically 14 year to date, of which, 5 were by suicide, when the  previous average had been less than 2 per year.

Rikers is experiencing records levels of violence despite the historically low offender population.

Staff are faced with the unprecedented forced scheduling of 24-hour consecutive shifts with alarming levels of staff sexual assault, all despite the highest cost of incarceration in the country, at $447,000 per offender, per year.

This rapid deterioration was fueled by outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio and his ignorance to the complexity of managing a large, urban jail system.

In order to succeed, Mayor Elect Adams must first understand Mayor de Blasio’s missteps so they are not perpetuated towards further decline and the analysis will provide insight on how to restore Rikers Island to the historical low violence levels per capita it achieved in the 1990’s, as an international showplace for successful jail management.

Mayor de Blasio’s initial response to the problems at Rikers was to blame the aging buildings.

When things got worse, he switched the blame to the unions and oversight organizations. Most recently he has turned the blame towards the correction officers which would be similar to General Custer blaming his soldiers for the ambush at Little Big Horn.

It should be noted that these correction officers are the same staff that helped achieve the record level of violence reduction and had the best sick rate among large city agencies.

These are the same aging buildings that were used during the safest period in the agency’s history and the same union leadership and oversight agencies remain largely unchanged.

The only variables that have changed since then were the mayor, the commissioner and a reduced offender population, which, in theory, should be easier to manage but in reality, has not.

Therefore, the following recommendations are provided for Mayor Elect Adams to help him stop the ticking time bomb from exploding.

Recommendation One: Select a Proven Agency Head with the Right Experience

The first and most critical mistake that Mayor de Blasio made was in the selection of a commissioner from Maine. Commissioner Joseph Ponte hailed from a rural state and arrived with only state prison system experience, which is vastly different than the detention population of a jail.

Additionally, up until arriving at Rikers, the largest offender population he had  overseen was only 1/5th the size of Rikers.

I believe former Commissioner Ponte was selected for his anti-punitive segregation experience, which Mayor de Blasio has championed to match his pro criminal agenda, but the commissioner from “the land of the lobster” proved no match for the large sprawling jail system.

After several years of declining standards at Rikers, Commissioner Ponte was replaced three years later by Commissioner Cynthia Brann who had served as an understudy to Commissioner Ponte in Maine.

Unfortunately, she brought more of the same skill set to the job so conditions continued to spiral out of control until she departed after federal monitoring reports cited a systemic lack of leadership at the agency.

As is common with commissioners selected from out of town, both were cited for being back in Maine too often when they were supposed to be overseeing and supporting the agency.

The current correction commissioner, Vincent Schiraldi, hails from the New York City Probation Department. While the probation department is a partner in the criminal justice system, the community corrections experience is just not the same as detention experience.

In summary, all three of these commissioners lacked large jail operations experience in addition to coalition building skills and continually defaulted blame to third parties for the failures as Rikers.

Any good leader knows that you either have results or excuses and they provided the later.

Therefore, the recommendation for Mayor Elect Adams is to select a commissioner with both strong leadership and coalition building skills from a large jail system with a proven track record of success.

While selecting someone from outside the metro area is an option, I would strongly consider someone with specific experience within the New York City jail system since the learning curve and acute timeline to avert further crisis is just too steep to manage learning on the job right now.

Selecting a commissioner from “out of town” sounds favorable in theory for a system in decline to be met with a fresh face and a fresh name but in the history of New York City governance, “out of town” commissioners have often made headlines for their frequent absences back to their hometowns and have not fared as well as the theory of the “fresh face” might suggest.

Recommendation Two: “Walk the Talk”

There is an executive management philosophy that states that in order to get results, you have to “inspect what you expect.” People will generally pay attention to the areas of performance you are closely monitoring.

In the heyday of Rikers Island, former Mayor Rudy Guiliani was a frequent fixture on the island. He would routinely attend executive performance sessions, known as “TEAMS” where jail performance was closely scrutinized. He would tour Rikers in the “off hours,” on nights and weekends and his tours were not ceremonial, they were pointed and focused.

I recall one of those visits in particular when I was serving as a young shift commander in 1998 overseeing one of the most violent buildings in the agency, known as CPSU.

Former Mayor Guiliani arrived, as he often did, for an unannounced tour, without the press or fanfare.

It speaks volumes for leadership and morale when the top executive for the city, tours the worst place in the agency on a holiday and is so quintessentially symbolic for a leader, to lead by example.

By contrast, Mayor de Blasio had not set foot on Rikers Island in the past four years until recently when he was goaded in the media for his desertion of the island. The irony here was that while he stayed away from Rikers for 4 years, he forced correction officers to work triple shifts through pandemic conditions and record levels of violence.

To further highlight the separation of leadership to Rikers, the current commissioner’s main office is not even on Rikers.

It is in the posh corporate offices of the Bulova Center with only a satellite office on Rikers, which keeps the commissioner out of touch with conditions there and conjures up similarities to Marie Antoinette’s let them “eat cake.”

By contrast, in the heyday of Rikers, former Commissioners Kerik and Fraser spent the majority of their time on Rikers Island.

Therefore, the recommendation is for Mayor Elect Adams to walk and talk among the staff and offenders at Rikers to get a first-hand, unfiltered understanding of the issues and have his leadership team for the agency do the same.

Stand next to the men and women of the agency, not on top of them.

Recommendation Three: Build Coalitions

As an executive trainer for criminal justice professionals, one of the primary foundations for successful management that is tressed during the training is coalition building. The New York City Department of Correction has a multitude of oversight and partner agencies, unions and other constituents and many do have competing interests.

With that said, despite their differences, there are some common goals that can and should be identified and worked towards in a coalition. Mayor de Blasio has chosen to try to work around these groups with little to no success which has played out in local newspapers.

The fact that the de Blasio administration could not work with any of these constituent groups to identify at least one common goal to work towards together speaks to poor leadership and a gross misunderstanding of how to achieve goals. It takes relationship building without ego’s, constant communication, honest dialogue, compromise and trust.

A great leader recognizes that you can’t achieve success without teamwork and support among working groups, especially ones that you can’t replace or eliminate.

Therefore, the recommendation is that Mayor Elect Adams should select a commissioner that have a proven record of creating coalitions to achieve lateral success.

Recommendation Four: Increase Morale

While morale is subjective and difficult to measure, recruitment and retention are quantifiable and can speak to morale by measuring how many correction officers are quitting the job.

Never in my 37 years in the corrections field have I ever seen or heard of correction officers routinely scheduled to work 3 consecutive shifts.

In the past it might have occurred as an incident-based anomaly for a serious weather event or other acute crisis but not routinely and systemically as is the current norm.

None of us would be remotely comfortable with a pilot who has been awake for 24 hours to fly us to our destination or the air traffic controller who is on watch in the tower or our surgeon performing well after 2 or 3 consecutive shifts.

Therefore, who in their right mind thinks it is responsible to have correction officers routinely work 3 simultaneous shifts being exposed jailhouse violence and offender taunts while being expected to be robotic stoic under extreme duress?

This is poor staff planning and this practice demoralizes the correction officers who by the grace of God, if they even survive their 3rd consecutive shift, will then try to drive home without falling asleep after working 24 hours straight in one of the most stressful environments on the planet.

At one time the New York City Department of Correction had the lowest employee sick rate among the large city agencies. During the period of record low agency sick rates, staff physical and sexual assaults were lower.

Officers could come to work and expect to work their scheduled shift and then return home to spend time with their families instead of being locked in for another 16 hours. The leadership was present and visible in the jails leading by example and not using them as a scapegoat for poor management.

The recommendation here is for Mayor Elect Adams to select a commissioner that will work on creating a safer environment for staff and offenders and lean more toward reward and recognition and less towards casting aspersions at staff.

The yield will be improved recruitment and retention as personnel are recognized as the largest resource in any organization and they must be supported and maintained in order to flourish.

Recommendation Five: Restore Tools and Best Practices

The de Blasio administration has reduced and even eliminated several classification tools for the agency to include punitive segregation which is in reality, is not meant to be punitive.

Punishments is the unintended consequence of the main intent which is simply to further incapacitate a violent offender, with a history of violence, from harming other offenders within the institution.

The term itself evokes thoughts of Siberia or the isolated Federal Florence Supermax prison where terrorists are held, but in the simplest of terms, at Rikers, it helps protect the “sheep from the wolves” and while it does limit freedom of movement as an unintended consequence, more importantly, it main purpose is to protect the weaker offenders from becoming victims in a “Lord of the Flies” type scenario.

Ironically, the mayor reduced the use of punitive segregation to reduce self-harm and  suicide among offenders but under his watch there has been an increase in suicides by 600%?

So how did that experiment work out? I do believe he was well intentioned to eliminate the use of punitive segregation but through ignorance, he is single-handedly responsible for the increased suicide rate and increased assaults among weaker offenders and staff by violent predator offenders.

Among other former best practices, gang suppression was a useful tool for the violence reduction. In the past gang members were identified and separated to disrupt the creation of a strong hold for control and recruitment. 

The current administration has shifted philosophy on gang management and gang members are now housed together and have developed power bases with gang activity now perverse throughout the island. Other best practices such as the use of the Emergency Service Unit for special operations, the Special Search Team and in custody re-arrest should be restored.

New initiatives such revamping of the aged classification system and creation of a dedicated centralized intake facility for the agency should be evaluated for implementation.

In respect to environmental conditions, the agency always relied internally on environmental maintenance with no external auditing or compliance criteria absent an occasional oversight inspection as a result of a specific complaint.

The agency should look to a recognized third party for environmental oversight such as the American Correctional Association to achieve and maintain accreditation consistent with national standards as do many other large correctional agencies.

Policy and Procedure should be reviewed, updated and organized in a format that is easier to train on and understand for line staff to replace outdated and many times conflicting written policies, procedures, rules, regulations, consent decrees, minimum standards, operations orders and other policy documents.

Recommendation Six: Place an Emphasis on Training

To provide the layperson with some insight into the current lack of emphasis placed on the training of new and in-service correction officers, one just needs to look at the agency’s training academy.

It seems like an afterthought, nestled on 2 floors of rented space in a heavy commercial building in Middle Village, Queens, far and away from Rikers Island. The correction academy is additionally supported with a few multi use classrooms provided in Manhattan’s John Jay College in this fragmented training space.

By contrast, the New York City Police Department and New York City Fire Department have state of the art facilities of their own. In neighboring Nassau County, the much smaller county and 2,500 member police force is getting their own dedicated training academy while the 10,000 member New York City Department of Correction still trains in a warehouse.

Mayor Elect Adams, before he even considers building new off island jails, should consider an easy win with investment in a centralized training academy, closer to the majority of the jails being served for easier access during training, for emergency redeployment for in-service and recruit officers if needed.

Placing an emphasis on training will not only yield better correctional professionals but will provide a desperately needed uplift to morale.

Recommendation Seven: The Plan to Close Rikers Island

The final recommendation for Mayor Elect Adams is to seriously revisit the plan to close Rikers Island. There is no question that new buildings, state of the art facilities with better security features, technology and better layouts for staff savings are needed.

The more important question of where to place them and if vertical jails are worse off than horizontal facilities is a topic that has yet to be explored extensively.

Mayor de Blasio’s decision to build them in the borough’s reeks of confirmation bias, in that he and his team of land developers sought out information that validated or supported their foregone decision to close Rikers while purposefully discounting any information to the contrary.

I say purposefully ignored because there were just too many important considerations that were overlooked in the planning that can be found in my previous article on the closing of Rikers, “Closing Rikers is a Tough Cell”.

The recommendation here is for Mayor Elect Adams to consider a short term and long range plan for the infrastructure emergency. Even with a continuation of the plan to close Rikers by 2026, help is needed now and not 5 years from now.

An immediate short term infrastructure plan should be evaluated in the “first 100 days” with some easy wins identified to provide relief in the near term and then a longer-range plan with an unbiased review of the current plan to close Rikers in conjunction with an evaluation for an alternative plan to construct the new facilities on Rikers and then seriously evaluate the pros and cons of both.

If Mayor Elect Adams tethers himself to Bill de Blasio’s reckless plan to close Rikers, which would be on course to coincide with his 2026 re-election time, then it could pose serious risk to his re-election campaign.

I wish him well in his new assignment and hopefully he can provide some lifeboats to the correction officers and offenders currently shipwrecked on Rikers Island.

Pete Curcio is correctional subject matter expert who presently trains senior corrections personnel and prison executives both in the United States and internationally. He is a graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, holds a M.S. in Police Science from the University of Cincinnati and served as an adjunct professor of criminal justice at Briarcliff College.

Pete is the former Bureau Chief of Facility Operations from the New York City Department of Correction “Rikers Island” and is an Executive Fellow from the FBI. He presently serves as COO of Arrow Security, a national physical security company with GSA schedule and Department of Defense clearance.

Peter has over 37 years of correctional expertise and has previously managed a population of over 16,000 offenders, approximately 10,000 uniformed and civilian personnel. Peter also serves as Law Enforcement Today’s correctional expert and has been featured on MSNBC, Court TV and as a consultant for the prison themed television show “Necessary Roughness.”

‘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.”

'Left deserted on an island': Law enforcement expert reveals what's secretly happening at Riker's Island
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.”

'Left deserted on an island': Law enforcement expert reveals what's secretly happening at Riker's Island
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.”

'Left deserted on an island': Law enforcement expert reveals what's secretly happening at Riker's Island
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.

'Left deserted on an island': Law enforcement expert reveals what's secretly happening at Riker's Island
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.”

'Left deserted on an island': Law enforcement expert reveals what's secretly happening at Riker's Island
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.  

'Left deserted on an island': Law enforcement expert reveals what's secretly happening at Riker's Island
We support those who protect and serve.

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.

'Left deserted on an island': Law enforcement expert reveals what's secretly happening at Riker's Island
We’ve got your 6.

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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