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Crime increases amid defund the police movement

Former NYPD Lieutenant Darrin Porcher discusses the push to defund the police on ‘America Reports’

In 2015, in a speech to the International Association of Chiefs of Police, President Obama warned not to let police get “scapegoated for broader failures of our society and our criminal-justice system.” Unfortunately, over the last few years, far too many – especially in his own party – have sought to do exactly that. 

I recently vetoed four bills that would have hindered local law enforcement’s ability to engage in routine cooperation with federal law enforcement, including sanctuary state legislation. This comes after I vetoed three anti-police bills that would erode police morale and community relationships, endanger officers, and undermine public confidence. Meanwhile, the same legislature has refused to pass commonsense legislation to make sure violent criminals are held accountable.  

These types of ridiculous bills aren’t just limited to Maryland. They’re part of a disturbing national trend of politicians interfering with the indispensable work of police officers.  

As elected officials, our most important job is keeping the people we serve safe, and we all depend on the brave men and women of law enforcement to do it. But, instead of thanking them for their service, politicians are often using the police as a convenient punching bag for political agendas.  

Understandable and much-needed calls for reform and weeding-out bad apples in law enforcement have morphed into an all-out assault against the entire institution of policing and against those good police officers who struggle daily to serve and protect us. 

 Unsurprisingly, this “blame cops first” mentality has been disastrous for police morale and recruitment. According to the International Association of Chiefs of Police, police departments all across the country are struggling to attract qualified and diverse applicants, and many current officers are simply choosing to leave or retire early. 

 This is the worst possible time for police departments to be short-handed. With crime skyrocketing in cities across the country, we desperately need better and more effective policing. Just last year, major American cities saw a 33% increase in homicides, including a 45% increase in New York and 36% in Los Angeles. Though the rise in violent crime is less dramatic than these examples, my state’s largest city, Baltimore, has not been spared. 

We can reverse the tide of rising crime, but we can’t do it if we’re attacking the men and women who are working to keep us safe.  

We can reverse the tide of rising crime, but we can’t do it if we’re attacking the men and women who are working to keep us safe.  

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