Editor’s note: This commentary is by Deb Billado, chairwoman of the Vermont GOP.
Until recently, most of us have not thought much about police as we go about life. We take for granted our security in our homes, our business, on the street, at work or play. What would life be like if there were no police? What if there was no Emergency 911? Who would you call if your home were invaded or your child went missing?
Our founders recognized the importance of the police powers and as a nation of law and order, there must be those who insure it. The news daily reports on the malicious and unrelenting attack on law enforcement officers by thugs, anarchists, and left-wing radicals. Sadly, the Democrat party has allowed them to get away with it as evidenced by the massive murder and other crime increases in cities like Chicago and New York that they control.
Deterrence is essential for our safety and security that police presence brings. Reducing funding to police will mean more crime with less resources to deal with it. Each citizen will have to take a bigger role in their own protection. The Democrats have been trying for so long to take our 2nd Amendment rights to bear arms away, always saying we should rely on the police to protect us. Can you believe they are now saying defund or abolish the police but are ever increasing the call to take away our guns? How hypocritical and dangerous is that?
There is structural damage being done to our law enforcement organizations because of the assault on them. Fewer will want to become police officers and those that already are will want to get out as quickly as they can. That has proven to be true with recruiting down dramatically and early retirements for the force at a high level. We will never know but I so fear that so many bad things that would not have happened because the police were on the job, will now happen because for so many reasons they are no longer there as they were.
Take 10 minutes and listen to an incredible video about police and what is required of them from Justice William W. Bedsworth, Fourth District Court of Appeals. It will change your thoughts on policing forever.
We must start right now to show our support for our police officers. We should treat them with respect, teach that to our children, tell them we care about them, pray for them and back them up when and how we can, even if it is only from time to time to tell them “thank you for your service.” That is beginning to happen. In Burlington, people are turning out to support their police department and that is happening elsewhere as well.
Our VTGOP will be putting forth ways you can make your support known and you will become aware of them as time goes by. President Trump and Republicans are strong supporters of our police and we will never turn away from protecting you by ensuring the police will remain a strong and vital force for good.