Skip to comments.WHY POLICE OFFICERS BACK W
Posted on 11/01/2004 12:40:07 AM PST by kattracks
IN the face of one of the most bitter presidential races this country has ever seen, a first-ever event occurred in the nearly 90-year history of the National Fraternal Order of Police, the largest law-enforcement labor union in the United States, when the entire organization unanimously supported the endorsement of President George W. Bush. That endorsement represents over 318,000 members and their families. (I was privileged to have our National Trustee Charles Caputo represent the New York State FOP at this meeting and cast our vote. )
The obvious question is: Why the FOP has displayed such unity in its unwavering support of the president? Put simply, it is because under this president, promises made are promises kept. However, the reasons are many, easy to understand and have far-reaching benefits to every citizen in this country.
First and foremost, the Bush administration has repeatedly made good on its commitment to law enforcement. Through key legislation and budget appropriations, our nation's police officers are being provided the necessary tools and support so vital to performing in exemplary fashion day in and day out, in every city, town and village in the United States.
Police officers are the very first line of defense in any crisis situation. But post-9/11, police officers have a new enemy to face with bravery and valor: terrorism. So, in addition to often being first on the scene of a health emergency, car accident or fire, police officers now must contend with the ever-present danger of a terrorist attack anytime, anywhere.
President Bush completely understands this scenario, and has responded by providing federal funds for important aspects of emergency management such as Interoperable Communication and Emergency Operations Centers.
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Second line of defense against criminals. Homeowners and store clerks are the first if they are armed.
This is also true about first responders. The same first responders that Kerry said don't have the necessary tools to do their job. Why, in fact, the local Fire Departments here got new trucks, radios, and the first responders got brand new ambulances and ambulatory gear thanks to monies provided to them by key legislation and budget appropriations.