This week marks National Police Week, an annual recognition of the service and sacrifice of our men and women in law enforcement across the country. As the wife of a first responder, this week is a meaningful time for me to pause and reflect on those who give so much to protect us all every day.
This year’s events come at a particularly difficult time in our country’s history, as we face a historic rise in crime in two of the most violent years on record for public safety. In 2021, killings of law enforcement officers hit an all-time high, with rates up 59% from 2020. These tragic killings included unprovoked attacks, officer ambushes and violent at levels this country has never seen before.
FBI annual statistics showed the United States saw a 30% increase in murders in 2020 – the biggest annual increase since record-keeping began in the 1960s, and in cities where progressive politicians pushed anti-police rhetoric, communities hit new homicide records. Americans across the country will remember watching the news and hearing about weekends of record crime in cities across the country, wondering if this would be a new normal or when the violence would end.
We remember the young woman pushed onto New York City subway tracks in a random attack, the young college student brutally murdered in broad daylight in a furniture store in California, and the parade watchers attacked in Kenosha, New York. Wisconsin, before Christmas. These brazen and unwarranted attacks are just a few of the heartbreaking tragedies we have faced in recent months, but sadly these crimes have increased over the past two years, and it certainly comes as no surprise.
The anti-law enforcement rhetoric pushed by the progressive left and the Biden administration has spurred this crime crisis. While the White House falsely claims that Republicans “defunded the police,” the American people see through this lazy attempt to blame others for the very crises they created. Much like the inflation, border crisis, and empty store shelves we face daily, President Biden and congressional Democrats are once again hoping to pin the blame on something that is entirely within their control.
The radical left’s culture war against our men and women in blue has driven political decisions about law enforcement, creating a public safety crisis of epic proportions. The “defund the police” movement has undoubtedly encouraged many city leaders to cut their police budgets, as 50 of the largest US cities revealed cutting their law enforcement budgets by 5.2% in average in 2021. Those same cities are now grappling with record crime. , and the recruitment, retention and morale of claims officers remain serious challenges for their departments. If it wasn’t so sad and serious, it would be funny.
Lax prosecutors, ineffective bail reform, insufficient funding, and a revolving door criminal justice system are some of the other issues plaguing public safety in the United States, and it’s high time to address them. end.
The truth is, we need law, order and law enforcement more than ever. Drugs, crime and human trafficking are on the rise — spurred in part by this administration’s border crisis — and well-trained police forces with committed officers are in demand. The American people deserve security and they deserve solutions that ensure this pro-criminal agenda never sees the light of day again. Together with my fellow Republicans in Congress, we will take over the House in November and put an end to the dangerous ideas pushed by the left to ensure that our society remains prosperous, free and committed to the law and order on which this country was founded.
During National Police Week, we thank the officers who do the difficult and often thankless work fixing some of the toughest public safety issues this country has faced. The majority of the American people are grateful for the sacrifices of our heroes and their families and express our deepest gratitude to those who wear the insignia and the uniform. Thank you and remember, we have your six.
• Rep. Kat Cammack is the youngest Republican woman in the 117th Congress. The wife of a firefighter, she serves on the House Homeland Security and Agriculture Committees.