WASHINGTON, DC, Jan 9 — There was a time, not so long ago, when citizens greeted their cops on the beat with a meaningful, “thanks for your service.” That was before “defund the police” became the rallying cry of leftist ingrates a couple of years ago. The movement came and went but it left behind a nationwide law enforcement crisis that lingers today and makes us less safe.
Across the country police departments are short on staff and efforts to recruit new police officers are failing, leaving communities unprotected. As former policeman David Smith put it in an interview with the Epoch Times, “If you want me to risk my life, it’s one thing to pay me, but it’s another to respect me.” In its report, the Times noted that across the country undermanned police departments are having a hard time recruiting new officers. For example, the New York Police Department needs to hire 4,000 cops to replace the officers it lost and when the police department in Phoenix, AZ sought to recruit some 1,000 new officers it was able to attract only 35 applicants.
But it is not just America’s big cities that are reeling from the defund the police movement; towns such as Burlington, VT, population less than 45,000 residents, reported its highest homicide rate in more than six decades. A Fox News feature revealed in December that there were five murders committed in 2022. According to Fox, Burlington is considered to be one of the safest cities in the U.S. and, while five homicides may not sound like it was a particularly dangerous number, as Mayor Miro Weinberger put it, “We are not used to this level of violence in Vermont.” The town’s acting Police Chief Jon Murad explained that “Our reliable computer data goes back to 2012, and our general data goes back to 1960. In all that time, 62 years, five murders is the most we’ve ever recorded in a single calendar year.”
The Fox report noted that Burlington is considered to be a progressive city — Bernie Sanders was mayor there in the 1980s — and that it was among the first localities to begin defunding the police. And so in 2020 they cut its police force from a maximum of 105 officers to 74 officers. They also cut its school resource officer program and repurposed its funding to pay for racial justice programs. The Burlington Police Officers Association was quick to caution that “reducing the number of rank and file officers on the street without first reducing the demand for police services will needlessly risk the lives of the most vulnerable in our community and of the police officers whose job it is to protect them.”
It finally dawned on the city council that “defund the police” was a wrong-headed thing to do and so the final tally was that the town was left with a less than sufficient number police officers as of the end of 2022. Chief Murad said “officers felt unsupported and staffing quickly plummeted. Last autumn, as headcount continued to fall and crime increased, the council raised the cap to 87. But that did not stop the departures. Our current staffing is 62.”
The disrespect of the defund the police movement has triggered the police shortage and a rise in crime across the country. An FBI report says that 2022 was a particularly dangerous year to be a policeman, one of the three most dangerous years for cops over the past two decades.
John Grimaldi served on the first non-partisan communications department in the New York State Assembly and is a founding member of the Board of Directors of Priva Technologies, Inc. He has served for more than thirty years as a Trustee of Daytop Village Foundation, which oversees a worldwide drug rehabilitation network.
What’s the bail for assault with a dangerous weapon? How about destruction or injury of property, tagging property? Katherine Clark is your mom it’s $500.00 REALLY
Even if arrested the crooks are kicked free
What else did everyone expect to happen? Rational folks didn’t want to go to war against police, but hateful Progressives also knew this would cause more crime and that’s what they want to justify creating a national police Gestapo.
Those politicians are responsible for every life lost to this diabolic policy since its implementation.
These people are demented and Evil.
Law Abiding Citizens are reaching the end of our patience, watching out of the country billionaires dictating our laws (through their bought and paid for advatars). What’s it gonna take? A return to Vigilantism? And to be honest with..everytime I see a person ambushed on the street…or pushed on the rails in the subways…or pushed down escalators….or getting the crap kicked out of them…I am ready for it. I’m tired of seeing low-lifes literally getting away with crimes.
Let the people who say defund the law .Go out to the public with out them and they will change there minds if they have any.Look what has happen to this country we do not have any laws that protect citizens only criminals.They can still,kill and get caught doing anything that is unlawful and all the get is a slap on the hand.We need to clean Washington it has gotten very rotten.God is watching.
After nearly 34 years of serving on the front lines of Los Angeles, I have retired from Police Work and not a moment too soon. Spit on, shot at, cussed at, attacked, and run over all the nice things I experienced for the Citizens I was sworn to protect.
Protect your Police or learn to Protect Yourselves.
Well I will say thanks for your service. I am from Virginia. These same people whom say defund the police are the first ones to scream there are shots being fired or need police to answer a family disturbance call. They can’t have it both ways have your cake and eat it to. I thank our county and state police officers. Look at city’s Chicago, Detroit the people are killing each other its not the Officers. But yet defund the Police really stupid and pure ignorance.
Well, these cities are reaping what they have SOWN. I don’t mean to be disrespectful, but BETTER there than HERE!! As the defund people say-“You can always call a social worker”. People, YOU and your family members better consider training, CWP’s, and get acquainted with what the criminal society is doing. Stand up for the 2nd Amendment and protect your family. Police are now gelded by Biden, his criminal friends, and the NWO.
Past time for silent majority to deflect the radicalism of the activist minority. Complicating matters is the open border dumping untold numbers for people from all over. Not all are criminal but very few have a clue how to function in our communities. We need our police and they need our support!
Da, you think!!!
Police are a relatively new type of law enforcement for the USA beginning in Boston around 1860. Prior to that, as far back as the 1600’s we had elected sheriff’s and their deputies, no govt police. Ron Paul has good insight on this subject and spoke as far back as the 1980’s about it. Judicial Watch also has written on the subject. In a nutshell, police are govt enforcers aka police for the govt while elected constitutional sheriff’s are much different and more accountable as well as more inline with citizens constitutional rights. Sheriff’s are the highest law enforcement authority in the country in their county. It’s worth your time researching this topic.
We need more Police,not fewer.We need harsher penalties for crime.We do NOT need to reward criminals,they need to be put in prison.NOT RELEASED !!
They need to be executed.
“Triggered a rise in crime”
So cops don’t work? Amazing thanks for proving it lol
only stupid people think defuding police is a good idea
Then I would guess that the fact that it is being done in so many cities, tells us the level of stupidity in America. The numbers boggle the mind. It’s sad we have sunk to this level.
thank lenin’s “useful idiots” for this.
Watching Hannity last night & *** stated that the people arrested for Jan 6 Capitol riot are political prisoners & Hannity defends these same people by saying they did not arrest all of the people that performed 500 of these riots in last few years, so why these poor people that broke into Capitol on Jan 6th. Two wrongs do not make it right & any person that caused damage or injury in any of these riots should be arrested. And Trump has stated if elected in 2024, he would consider pardons for these 900 people that were charged or arrested for Jan 6th riot. Crime is crime no matter who commits it & they should pay the penalty & we need to quit playing politics & saying that Jan 6th was not an affront to USA & that the people that injured the Capitol police & Capitol property were nice people. Someone said “Stand back & Stand By” during 2020 debates & how did that work out.
i don’t know nor do i care if you believe that President Trump had something to do with this charade jan 6th. the left hates the repubs and supporters, pelosi was a disaster not allowing Trump to have the national guard. something smells in denmark or Washington DC. and it’s the left
Those people were ushered in to our White House by the Capitol Police who were there for the staging
That would be a questionable statement, if we did not see it happening with our own eyes. We saw it on the news reports afterwards. I think the people in power did it to see how gullible the American people really are. They keep attacking us, then test the waters to see if what they ar doing is changing opinions of the American people or if we are still passive sheep!e This has been going on for decades.
Of the 2000 “wanted” people, no more than a two handsful did any vandalism or violence! Nearly all were arrested and jailed WITHOUT bond, for simple trespass. Meanwhile, Biden’s supporters, who attacked both the Supreme Court and the White House and did harm cops, received NOTHING. Try to get educated sometime!!
Defund the police & blame all confrontations on police officers & not the person that broke the law that led to this incident & this will not work but only embolden people to break law cuz they know they will get away with it.
You referring to fbi, cia, the big guy and politicians. Pretty crooked people if you don’t mind me saying
That is to cause unrest in the country because they can’t go into the streets and cause unrest like South American “students” do. Then when people start defending themselves the left will use that as an excuse in an attempt to confiscate firearms.
only the legal firearms. The government doesn’t know who owns the illegal ones
This is another thing people think is a blunder; an emotion charged mistake that will roll back by itself as lefties realize the stupidity of it. Well, no. This is another version of what they call empowerment. Its yet another example of lefty rebellion against the natural order of things. Its going to take decades for police ranks to fill out again and thats the idea. Chaos.
the left are not only liars and cheaters but hypocrites. they always have to roll back something bc they never can take blame