All across the nation in the recent off year elections, the voters spoke loudly. Notably, by a wide margin, they rejected efforts to defund the police.
"Defund the Police" initiatives in Minneapolis and Seattle, as well as in other cities across America failed. The voters sent a message that public safety is still a major concern. Even in the most progressive cities, voters rejected the idea of defunding the police.
The voting public understands that one of the most important responsibilities of government is to protect the citizens. Everyone, regardless of race, creed or gender, wants safe neighborhoods, and understands that the best way to secure our safety is through investing in police protection.
What this election clearly showed is that the vast majority of voters support the police and that the only people who do not are the rich and powerful elites. The face of the "Defund the Police" movement includes elites such as St. Louis congresswoman Cori Bush who has spent tens of thousands of dollars on her own private security while simultaneously supporting policies to defund the police.
The majority of people cannot afford private security, and are dependent on local law enforcement to protect them. Defunding the police does not have an impact on powerful elites but it does have a significant impact on the lives of ordinary citizens.
Law enforcement, like any other profession, is not immune from bad actors making bad decisions; however, painting all law enforcement with a broad brush is simply wrong.
For example, we all know that the security of financial information online continues to be a major concern and that companies are spending millions to protect that information. Despite these efforts, breaches still occur, and people still disclose their financial information to online companies. The point here is simple -- It is a given that there are flaws and problems in every human endeavor. Knowing that, we collectively, as a society, continue to strive to find solutions and work through problems.
Why can't we take a similar approach to law enforcement? Why do people think the only way to improve law enforcement is to defund it?
Law enforcement serves the community as a partner to protect our homes, our businesses and, most importantly, our lives and the lives of our neighbors. We must work together to support our police in keeping our communities safe.
Even voters in the most liberal and progressive cities in the country understand the importance of this partnership, and they resoundingly rejected the efforts to hamstring and incapacitate their city's police departments. It is my hope that our leaders throughout our nation will see what happened in Seattle and Minneapolis and, as a result, will make a commitment to partner, support, and work with police officers instead of working against them.
As the Williamson County Sheriff, I will prioritize community outreach efforts to work with all parts of the county to promote public safety and ensure that officers adhere to the highest ethical standards. It is not just places like Chicago that have a crime problem. We have our own issues with crime here in Williamson County.
All of us, regardless of political party, want the same thing -- safe streets and safe neighborhoods. This can only happen when law enforcement and the residents of our communities work together to build trust and earn mutual respect.
Candidate for Williamson County Sheriff