What A Bad Idea Defunding The Police Has Become Under The Biden Administration

“Defund the police” means reallocating or redirecting funding away from the police department to other government agencies funded by the local municipality. Simply put- defunding the police means budget cuts, fewer resources, and less ability to provide meaningful training opportunities due to lack of accessible funds. Some are calling to “defund police” as a first step towards entirely dismantling whole police departments, well, aside from the politicians who are always escorted by officers. There are many reasons why defunding the police is a bad idea, but I wanted to highlight a few of the most important reasons to keep in mind as these discussions continue. Many issues of police-involved violence occur because officers are not properly trained on when and how to use their equipment. So when you want to defund the police in your district remember the downside.

Resources that are needed to make sure officers are properly trained on things like the use of force continuum and de-escalation techniques will leave the police with even less money for training. Police brutality usually occurs when overly aggressive policing tactics are implemented in dramatic fashion, or with evil intent said best by two public officials from Virginia (a blue state mind you) when interviewed on their opinion on defunding the police. This goes back to the lack of training and the resources they need to do their jobs. While the abuse of power by the police is rare overall, just one time is too many and enough to cause years of unnecessary scrutiny from the media and politicians with anti-police agendas who continue to feed this propaganda to the Media via television, newspaper and social media. In order to provide training and a commitment to robust ongoing training, this will require funding. When training isn’t available, it is more likely that an officer will have to rely on their own instincts verses best practice(s) developed over decades of experience policing.

This is obvious but fir the purpose of this article it is worth reiterating with no uncertain terms that: when you lower the already low police budgets that district has few police offers to keep all of us safe before and after a crime has been committed. Officer burn out is real which reduces the likelihood your district will retain those good officers or they will preform their duties ineffectively. If you don’t work in the criminal justice system this is applicable across the board in many sectors. Appreciation serves the morale. More cuts is cause for concern among law enforcement leaders when you are purring the communities safety at risk. The police provide service to every citizen in their respective cities. The Washington Courier-Herald recently wrote an article on what it looks like in Seattle for example, the police department has not been this small since 1990, yet the city’s population has nearly doubled since then. The Mayor is still trying to reduce the police force even further.

If this continues, even Amazon’s head quarters will not save the city as it continues the trajectory making them unsafe and unappealing. People who reside in Seattle will leave as will businesses. We all have the right to protest peacefully, however, how can we expect officers to deal with these demonstrations, notice I did not reference them as peaceful because they are not, nightly with very little time off. This is only adding to the stress officers are out under everyday but adding the extra hours and the additional stress could cause some adverse affects. Perhaps, the most compelling reason why defunding the police is a horrible idea this allows the bad characters in our civilized country to put everyone else in harms way. Police officers all across the United States be it a blue or red state keep many of the citizens they serve safe from drugs, violence, gangs, domestic violence, rape and a myriad of our way of life. No one and I mean no one can do the job of an officer from any other branch if government nor could social services where they say they want to allocate more resources.

Lets see how would that work: citizen ‘ Hello, Social Services I need assistance immediately my ex husband is trying to break into my home’ . Social services ‘ you have called outside of our normal business hours please either leave a message or call back between 9a-5p Monday thru Friday’ that is what you are looking at people. What a mockery of the justice system. There is no one idea to what defunding and dismantling police departments look like- but from what we’ve seen so far every option on the spectrum creates dangerous situations for communities and therefore we the citizens lose. “The ‘dismantle’ argument is short-sighted, naive, and shows a shocking lack of understanding,” Rania Mankarious, CEO of public safety non-profit Crime Stoppers of Houston, told Fox News. Finally, it is hard to recognize the consequences of defunding the police until it happen in your city, at this point it will be too late.

“Defund the police” means reallocating or redirecting funding away from the police department to other government agencies funded by the local municipality. Simply put- defunding the police means budget cuts, fewer resources, and less able to provide meaningful training opportunities due to lack of accessible funds. Some are calling to “defund police” as a first step towards entirely dismantling whole police departments, well, aside from the politicians who are always escorted by officers. There are many reasons why defunding the police is a bad idea, but I wanted to highlight a few of the most important reasons to keep in mind as these discussions continue. Many issues of police-involved violence occur because officers are not properly trained on when and how to use their equipment.

So when you want to defund the police in your district remember the downside. Resources that are needed to make sure officers are properly trained on things like the use of force continuum and de-escalation techniques will leave the police with even less money for training. Police brutality usually occurs when overly aggressive policing tactics are implemented in a dramatic fashion, or with evil intent said best by two public officials from Virginia (a blue state mind you) when interviewed on their opinion on defunding the police. This goes back to the lack of training and the resources they need to do their jobs. While the abuse of power by the police is rare overall, just one time is too many and enough to cause years of unnecessary scrutiny from the media and politicians with anti-police agendas who continue to feed this propaganda to the Media via television, newspaper, and social media.

In order to provide training and a commitment to robust ongoing training, this will require funding. When training isn’t available, it is more likely that an officer will have to rely on their own instincts versus best practice(s) developed over decades of experience policing. This is obvious but for the purpose of this article, it is worth reiterating with no uncertain terms that: when you lower the already low police budgets that district has few police offers to keep all of us safe before and after a crime has been committed. Officer burnout is real which reduces the likelihood your district will retain those good officers or they will perform their duties ineffectively. If you don’t work in the criminal justice system this is applicable across the board in many sectors. Appreciation serves the morale. More cuts are cause for concern among law enforcement leaders when you are purring the communities safety at risk.

The police provide service to every citizen in their respective cities. The Washington Courier-Herald recently wrote an article on what it looks like in Seattle for example, the police department has not been this small since 1990, yet the city’s population has nearly doubled since then. The Mayor is still trying to reduce the police force even further. If this continues, even Amazon’s headquarters will not save the city as it continues the trajectory making them unsafe and unappealing. People who reside in Seattle will leave as will businesses. We all have the right to protest peacefully, however, how can we expect officers to deal with these demonstrations, notice I did not reference them as peaceful because they are not, nightly with very little time off. This is only adding to the stress officers are out under every day but adding the extra hours and the additional stress could cause some adverse effects.

Perhaps, the most compelling reason why defunding the police is a horrible idea this allows the bad characters in our civilized country to put everyone else in harm’s way. Police officers all across the United States be it a blue or red state keep many of the citizens they serve safe from drugs, violence, gangs, domestic violence, rape, and a myriad of our way of life. No one and I mean no one can do the job of an officer from any other branch of government nor could social services where they say they want to allocate more resources. Let’s see how would that work: citizen ‘ Hello, Social Services I need assistance immediately my ex-husband is trying to break into my home. Social services ‘ you have called outside of our normal business hours please either leave a message or call back between 9a-5p Monday thru Friday’ that is what you are looking at people. What a mockery of the justice system.

There is no one idea what defunding and dismantling police departments look like- but from what we’ve seen so far every option on the spectrum creates dangerous situations for communities and therefore we the citizens lose. “The ‘dismantle’ argument is short-sighted, naive, and shows a shocking lack of understanding,” Rania Mankarious, CEO of public safety non-profit Crime Stoppers of Houston, told Fox News. Finally, it is hard to recognize the consequences of defunding the police until it happens in your city, at this point, it will be too late.

What we need, as we have heard by some common sense journalist, is common-sense police reform that makes our officers stronger, keep the communities safer, and restore the well-deserved respect to the men and women in blue. So defunding isn’t the answer however, allocate additional money could be more constructive and improve training while reducing the number of police-involved deaths without taking away the latitude police need to do their jobs. Freedom isn’t free. Bring back officer friendly to our schools along with prayer and the pledge of allegiance.