The Defund the Police movement of 2020 left a lasting legacy on police departments across the country.
In Washington, D.C., one county police department is so desperate for officers, that they are turning to Puerto Rico in order to fill their ranks.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
DC-Area Police Department Turns to Puerto Rico To Alleviate Officer Recruiting Shortages
Officer shortages are so dire in the Washington, D.C., area that one county police department is planning to send officials to Puerto Rico in an attempt to bring back hundreds of new recruits, the department announced Monday.
Law enforcement officials in Maryland’s Prince George’s County, which borders D.C., told the city’s Fox affiliate that they plan to travel to the Caribbean island “soon” in an attempt to hire the roughly 350 officers they need to achieve a full staff. In addition to the tropical recruitment trip, the county’s police department is targeting Hispanic communities at parades and other events across the country and running ads in Spanish.
The effort provides a window into the unique strategies that police departments are employing as they work to address the officer shortages that have plagued America’s police departments since the height of the Defund the Police movement in 2020.
This recruitment trip highlights just how badly they have failed in their mission to defund law enforcement and make our communities safer without them.
Why would anyone want to be a police officer today? It’s an astonishing moment when you consider how much Democrats have demonized the police in recent years.
Vilifying our law enforcement officers puts them in danger, makes their jobs more difficult, and sends a message that we don’t value them or their service—all while making it harder for departments to recruit new cops.
The effects of this movement are far-reaching and long-lasting.
The crime wave that is sweeping through our cities is directly related to these policies; criminals know there aren’t enough cops on the streets, giving them more freedom to act with impunity.
This lack of law enforcement also means that those who do commit violent crimes are often not brought swiftly to justice, further emboldening criminals and leaving innocent victims vulnerable and unprotected by the system meant to serve them.
Not only does this put people at risk, but it also increases taxpayer burden as municipalities struggle with budget shortfalls due to understaffed police departments being unable or unwilling to properly tackle crime within their jurisdictions—including responding quickly enough when needed most during emergency situations.
The solution here isn’t just about finding more recruits—though obviously that’s important—but recognizing the importance of community policing and taking steps toward rebuilding trust between law enforcement officers and citizens alike by reforming certain practices such as use of force protocols while ensuring accountability for bad behavior both from individual officers as well as entire departments when necessary.
We need a comprehensive approach that prioritizes community safety over political agendas in order for law enforcement agencies around the nation to be effective once again, because without well-trained personnel working together with local residents towards common goals everyone loses out in the end.