(BigLeaguePolitics) – Local leadership in the Washington, DC area are pushing for formal measures to bulk up police department funding again, after massively cutting the budget last year in order to appease radical leftists within the Democrat Party.
In an announcement on Wednesday from the DC mayor’s office, Muriel Bowser revealed her proposal for an additional 170 officers to staff the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) through 2022.
Bowser made sure to emphasize that she does not believe that increased police presence or funding is the correct long-term solution for helping prevent massive crime surges.
“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. 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,” Bowser is quoted as saying.
The press release then ironically mentioned the negative impact on DC’s police and their ability to stop crime as a result of last year’s “defunding” movement.
“MPD normally hires approximately 250 officers each year. Last year, after the DC Council reduced MPD’s budget by $15 million, the department was left with a near empty hiring pipeline, which had an immediate and significant impact on recruiting new police officers. As a result, this year, MPD has only been able to hire 42 officers: 21 cadets who became recruits, 12 reinstatements, 8 senior police officers, and one leadership official. Additionally, because of those reductions, MPD was unable to host any recruit classes at the Police Academy this year.”
DC Mayor bowser’s press release on re-funding the police
DC Mayor Bowser is asking the city council to approve her $11 million one-time budget request to hire more officers.
Since the beginning of the summer, some members of the media have grilled Biden’s Press Secretary Jen Psaki over the rise in violent crime across the USA amidst disastrous primarily Democrat policies around the country including defunding the police , releasing repeat violent felons , and more.
Earlier in DC this summer an Uber Eats driver named Mohammad Anwar was heinously murdered at the hands of two teenage hijackers, with the perpetrators receiving minimal sentencing.
It was only last Thursday that a gunman opened fire in an outdoor dining area in the city, a tragic event that many argue could be prevented had it not been for DC’s incredibly strict gun laws that prohibit most citizens from carrying.
Mayor Bowser’s recent reversal on defunding the police may indicate a change in certain disastrous Democrat policies going forward. Although many do seem to fall for insane talking points suggesting that defunding the police is a serious or helpful public policy, it appears that the truth cannot be avoided forever.