Mayors are finally calling for police to make more arrests – is this our last chance to control crime?

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Will cops return to proactive policing without assurances and guidelines? Are there firm rules of engagement?

Chicago Mayor Lightfoot deems 2022 ‘make-or-break year’ for lowering violent crime.

New York Mayor Adams addressed a roll call of officers and told them that “we have their backs to do their jobs.”

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I wrote in July that a crime counterrevolution was coming. It’s now arrived. Mayor’s across the country are expressing frustration with growing violence and fear. 

Per the Washington, D.C Chief of police, “People are really mad as hell right now, and I don’t blame them, because I am too. That’s the reality.”

Residents and businesses are fleeing cities. People are afraid to shop in commercial areas. No one is willing to invest in high crime areas. Jobs and economic prosperity are lost. Communities are denied places to buy groceries or prescriptions.

I’m told that behind the scenes, business and community leaders are expressing extreme frustration with violence.

It’s a return to previous eras when people in similar positions demanded a strong police response and enhanced arrests. The only question is the degree of support for law enforcement when things go south.

I Want It Written In Stone

Via a multitude of responses from police officers through email and social media, cops want assurances that they will have community support when things go bad.

“I want it written in stone,” one remarked. “It’s impossible to proactively stop people without extreme risk of negative encounters. No one wants to end up on the front pages of every newspaper in the country for making a mistake.”

Thus the dilemma; we won’t return to effective policing until mayors and governors provide some sense of assurance that unmalicious split-second decisions taken in the heat of a violent encounter won’t end in public humiliation or worse.

The only modality 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.

Every encounter carries risk.

Violence is destroying cities. Community leaders are demanding action. Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, thousands of officers are leaving the job. Because of perceived unfairness, families are demanding that their officer loved ones get out of policing; they want them out now.

Per media reports, cities throughout the country are stating that they don’t have enough officers to respond to calls. Per the Police Executive Research Forum, there is a 63 percent decrease in police applicants.

Thus the return to proactive policing is in jeopardy regardless of the demands of mayors or anyone else. USDOJ research tells us that police use force “or” the threat of force occurs in two to three percent of millions of police encounters.

But that’s not the narrative portrayed in media accounts where every significant mistake ends in headlines and public humiliation.

Yes, some officers are guilty of illegal use of force, so stipulated. They should be held accountable.

But the narrative of a mostly violent force of cops is unsupported by the data. Public opinion surveys rank cops as one of the most trusted entities in America regardless of demographics. 

Policing is rated far higher than the media, academics, and just about every other profession.

Chicago

From The Crime Report, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot indicated in a recent closed-door meeting that Chicago police leaders will lose their jobs if they can’t bolster arrest numbers, clear more murders, and get officers to engage more with city residents, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

Lightfoot and Chicago Police Supt. David Brown didn’t present clear plans to address the city’s surging violent crime or the department-wide staffing woes while giving the directive.

Sources called the message’s tone “threatening” and said it essentially meant “make do with what you have to get more arrests.” Instituting an official arrest quota wasn’t relayed to those in attendance, but sources said they were told the numbers would be monitored.

Chicago Police Supt. David Brown said that the department this year aims to log 1.5 million positive community interactions as he and Lightfoot again sought to quell fears about violent crime.

Critics argued that the push to raise the department’s flagging arrest numbers will likely only lead to more petty arrests, which could then erode the public trust the department is looking to build with the community interactions and hit Black and Brown communities the hardest.

Brown promised to add 200 more homicide detectives, set a goal to collect 14,000 applications from prospective new officers, roughly double the number collected last year, and promised a class of 100 detectives in the next two months.

Through December of 2021, less than 12 percent of 203,530 reported crimes resulted in an arrest, according to city data.

Per the Chicago chief, “You think we were just going to let you get away with killing people? You think you’re just gonna carjack people in this city and get away with it? Smash and grab our retail and our businesses who work hard to put products on their shelves?” Brown said.

“We’re coming after you. We’re going to hold you accountable, and we’re going to keep you in jail.”

New York

On Sunday, Eric Adams heard from families whose loved ones were gunned down, CBS2’s Thalia Perez reported. The images from the city’s gun violence crisis is disturbing, and the new mayor’s message to those behind the crimes is powerful.

“You will not bring violence to this city. That is not going to continue to happen in the city of New York,” Adams said.

Adams spent his second day in office with NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell and elected officials, listening to the stories of trauma from families who lost loved ones.

In 2008, Marie Delus lost her nephew, Pierre-Paul Jean-Paul, Jr., after he was gunned down in Cambria Heights, Queens. He was 20 years old. She said her message to the mayor was survivors need help, too.

“If you lost somebody to gun violence in your area, in your house, in your housing facility, you should be moved because you’re in danger, too,” Delus said.

At the precinct for just the second time in five decades, Adams addressed a roll call of officers and told them that “we have their backs to do their jobs.”

“But,” he told the press afterwards, “there’s a covenant that we’re establishing. We’re establishing this covenant where we will give them the tools and support they need. But we are also going to hold them to a high standard. We are not allowing abusive officers to remain among our ranks.”

On Sunday, after the roundtable in Harlem, Adams also promised that the NYPD would focus on crime victims and their families going forward. He said there were more than 1,800 shooting victims in 2021, a 141% increase over the prior year. “We must turn this around and we will turn this around,” he said.

To do that, his first plan is for newly installed NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell to create a plainclothes unit of officers to go after gangs and illegal guns. “It’s my mission, along with the mayor, to never stop working to rid our city of illegal guns,” she said.

Conclusions

The data from the National Institute of Justice is clear, proactive policing works. Research supports the fact that cops are judicious as to the use of force. Policing is a well-respected institution regardless of demographics.

But after the protests and riots and media coverage besmirching the reputations of all 700,000 cops and 300,000 police employees, to suggest that cops are wary of the new demands of mayors is today’s vast understatement.

NYC Mayor Adams’s statement addressing a roll call of officers and telling them that “we have their backs to do their jobs” is being met with skepticism.

Chicago can demand all the arrests it wants but officers will remember all the endless stories of cops making split-second mistakes and, in their opinion, being crucified for them.

Somewhere, there has to be a reckoning.  Cops need to know exactly what the public wants in terms of stops. What laws do they want enforced? What constitutes a proactive stop? What are the exact parameters as to the use of force?

Until that happens, many fear that cops will continue to leave policing or to be overly cautious as to stops. Detractors demand that cops do their jobs. I have a suggestion, let detractors put on a uniform and accompany officers on the job. Let’s see how well they do under the same circumstances.

Policing requires equal treatment for all citizens regardless of who they are. It’s fine when society demands that officers be held to high standards. All of us took an oath to uphold state and US constitutions. Citizens deserve quality, impartial policing, nothing less. Cops get this.

But when the job becomes impossible, when the risks become ridiculous, when they are harshly and endlessly criticized for doing what community leaders and mayors demand, they will leave or go dormant until they can retire or transfer to more supportive environments.

Cities, the choice is yours.

‘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.”

Mayors are finally calling for police to make more arrests - is this our last chance to control crime?
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.”

Mayors are finally calling for police to make more arrests - is this our last chance to control crime?
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.”

Mayors are finally calling for police to make more arrests - is this our last chance to control crime?
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.

Mayors are finally calling for police to make more arrests - is this our last chance to control crime?
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.”

Mayors are finally calling for police to make more arrests - is this our last chance to control crime?
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.  

Mayors are finally calling for police to make more arrests - is this our last chance to control crime?
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.

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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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