But didn’t the first black president, Clinton, allow money for more cops and things?
Prepare for ANOTHER hike in property taxes, NH...I thought the ‘Free Staters’ were going to fix all this...
The state and local police are becoming WAY too militarized!
Just last week in Concord NH, We saw what we thought was a national guard unit arresting a guy in a Dunkin Donuts parking lot.
A U-Haul box truck pulled up behind a red late model car, and all these soldiers poured out the back, maybe 16 of them, with M16s, Beretta sidearms, camouflage battle gear, flak vests, kevlar helmets, the whole nine yards.
When we remembered that only the governor or president could call out the National Guard, we realized that it was state or local police.
I’ve been to Russia and Brazil, where they have “military police”, and have NEVER seen anything like that.
A guy in Litchfield was shot to death by a SWAT team when he was out in his yard target practicing.
Another guy, bipolar and off his meds, was shot to death in Winchester when he made “threatening motions” with a knife. His wife had called the cops, but she never dreamed that they would kill him.
I hope they have to sell some of that military gear to have enough money to buy donuts.
The police are WAY too militarized.
“... What you gonna do,
What you gonna do when the checks are through?”
Feds should only pay locals for duties the feds should be handling themselves: illegal immigrants, military bases issues, foreign embassies issues, etc.
Like the guys statemenr:”Washington makes us look like geniuses!” LOL! Too true.
I have told this to my chief, and he laughs, but nervously.
I tell him that one day the DHS is going to start going to police departments everywhere and offer to fund the whole enchilada. Everything. Equipment, salary, retirement, everything.
All they will want it return is the ability to mobilize cops anywhere in the nation for disasters, natural and manmade.
It’s happening now. The DHS bought 450 million rounds of .40 caliber ammunition, the most common police pistol ammo. It is providing encrypted radios in the future. Police departments nationwide are getting more CT training, and thats for everybody from road dogs (patrol) to command staff.
Since Katrina FEMA has pushed agencies into the NIMS (National Incident Management System) and all first responders are strongly encouraged if not mandated to participate in it, in it’s various levels. This is not the states pushing this, it’s the FED.
Some would say that it would be more efficient to have a nationalize police department but that seems to be just another standing army.
Remember what Obama said about having a national security force just as powerful, just a well funded,as the military?