Muriel Bowser, the mayor of Washington, D.C., has put out a proposal to hire 170 additional law enforcement officers after the city attempted to defund the police last year, which led to a freeze in acquisitions.
It seems like I remember folks arguing against defunding police when that particular movement was at its zenith last year stating that doing this would reduce the number of cops available to do patrols and answer calls. But liberal leadership in major cities opted not to listen in an effort to appease their base.
The Metropolitan Police Department normally brings on 250 new officers a year, though in fiscal year 2021, top brass was only able to gain 42 officers: 21 cadets who later become recruits, 12 reinstatements, eight senior officers, and one leadership official after local leaders in June 2020 voted to slash $15 million from its budget, Bowser said. Since the dip in hirings, members of the force have been working overtime to make up for a lack of officers.
“Right now, I have directed MPD to use any overtime necessary to meet our public safety demands. But we know that is not a complete solution or the right long-term solution,” the Democratic mayor went on to say in a statement put out on Wednesday. “We also know we need all of our officers to be fresh, rested, and in the best position to make good decisions — and that requires having a full force to meet all of our community’s needs. The department is in a good position to make additional hires and move swiftly to close the gap between attrition and hiring, and that’s what this plan is going to help us do.”
The slash in funding prevented MPD from hosting “any recruit classes at the Police Academy this year,” even as residents “continue to ask for a strong, sustained” law enforcement presence amid a perceived rise in “gun violence,” Bowser said.advertisement — content continues below
To support the hiring of officers, the mayor will send an $11 million supplemental budget for the purpose of training and hiring 20 additional officers in fiscal year 2021 and another 150 in fiscal year 2022.
The budget increase Bowser is proposing will need to be approved by City Council members before it will take effect.
Most of the cities across the country that have opted to defund police have been seeing major spikes in violent crime, which should have been a no-brainer, but when it comes to progressivism, the ideology seems to shrink the critical thinking capacity of rational human beings.