There’s not a single police officer I know who got into law enforcement because they wanted to become a politician. So why is it that so many departments have turned into political hot beds?
How is it that we’ve allowed political appointees to start running departments (into the ground)?
Think I’m making it up? Then you’re probably not in law enforcement. Because every cop knows that I’m spot on here.
Who gets the promotions? It’s politics. Who gets the raises? It’s politics. But that’s not entirely the kind of “politics” I’m talking about here.
Let’s look at San Francisco. Their chief just wrote a department memo stating that suspects – whether or not they are handcuffed – can’t sit on the ground or sidewalk at a crime scene, because it’s “demeaning”.
It’s not demeaning when the suspect resists arrest or spits in a cop’s face though, right?
On behalf of the half of America that still has half a brain… I’d like to declare that this is one of the dumbest policies to drop in 2018. Congrats, San Fran. *Slow golf clap*
Yet San Francisco is far from alone.
Remember Portland, Oregon? When ICE agents were calling 911 because they were under attack and the police department wasn’t allowed to respond? Why? Because… politics.
On to New Jersey. Last month, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal dropped a new directive restricting local and state law enforcement from participating in federal immigration operations. They used the state police in a video to publicize the directive.
ICE was understandably ripped:
“Ultimately, this directive shields certain criminal aliens, creating a state-sanctioned haven for those seeking to evade federal authorities, all at the expense of the safety and security of the very people the NJ Attorney General is charged with protecting,” said Matthew Albence, deputy director of ICE.
Now on to Massachusetts, where it gets even worse.
Suffolk District Attorney-elect Rachael Rollins has a “decline to prosecute” list that’s got LEOs flipping out.
It’s a list of 15 criminal offenses that she says she won’t be prosecuting… including resisting arrest, drug dealing, larceny under $250 and trespassing.
On Fox’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight”, she said: “I believe that we are spending too much time on petty crimes that are clogging up our system and costing us more money.”
William Fitzpatrick, president of the National District Attorney’s Association, weighed in.
“I don’t think she’s properly taking into account the cost that criminals inflict on society even for minor crimes. Ignoring minor crimes leads to an increase in violent crimes,” he said.
In Connecticut earlier this year, the police chiefs in two towns stood next to Sen. Blumenthal in a televised press conference as he pushed for more gun control.
I could go on and on all day with examples.
Yet we wonder why cops are retiring as soon as possible. We can’t figure out why recruitment is in the toilet. We can’t wrap our brains around why morale in departments is so low.
Maybe the solution is staring us right in the face. Remove the bureaucrats from the departments… and take the political handcuffs off our LEOs so they can start doing the jobs they were hired to do.
Kyle S. Reyes is the National Spokesman for Law Enforcement Today, founder of The Whiskey Patriots and Chief Executive Officer of The Silent Partner Marketing. Reyes is also an acclaimed keynote speaker on patriotism and leadership, entrepreneurship and marketing by storytelling. You can follow him on Facebook.