Citizens Behind the Badge (CBB), a pro-law enforcement advocacy organization, today praised U.S. Sen. JD Vance (R-OH) for introducing a resolution, S.Res. 218, supporting America’s policing professionals and condemning “the misguided and disastrous movement to ‘defund and defame the police.’”
Senator Vance’s resolution also calls for: “increased measures to be taken to maximize the safety and well-being of law enforcement officers; remembers and honors law enforcement officers who have experienced a death or injury in the line of duty and their families; and calls on all levels of government to ensure that law enforcement officers receive the support and resources needed to keep all communities in the United States safe.”
The resolution, which was introduced in honor of National Police Week in May, also states that the Senate “highly respects and values the law enforcement officers of the United States and greatly appreciates all that those officers do to protect and serve their communities.” U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) joined Senator Vance as an original cosponsor of the resolution.
CBB partnered with Senator Vance in drafting the resolution and provided many of the facts and figures contained in the legislation. “We are proud to be working with Senator Vance in support of America’s law enforcement officers,” declared CBB founder and president, Craig W. Floyd. “He is a highly respected and effective champion for policing professionals in Ohio and across the country.”
“With so much negative noise about defunding, defaming and even abolishing police over the last few years, officers are demoralized and leaving the profession in droves,” Floyd stated. “Our nation’s policing professionals need to know that our elected leaders have their backs and want to give law enforcement the resources and respect needed and deserved to keep America safe. Senator Vance’s resolution sends that message loud and clear.”
S.Res. 218 also cites many of the other problems associated with the “defund and defame the police” movement, including “a dramatic rise in homicides and other violent crimes in cities and towns across the United States,” and “an increasingly dangerous environment for law enforcement officers in which, in 2022 alone, 331 officers were shot, 62 of whom were shot fatally.”
The resolution cites two other notable facts. Over the last two years “more than 800 law enforcement officers died in the United States in the line of duty, the highest number of such deaths over a two-year period in the history of the United States.” And, “there are more than 23,000 fallen law enforcement officers honored on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.”
Floyd, who led the effort to build the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, said CBB is mobilizing “our hundreds of thousands of citizen supporters” to get cosponsors and attain Senate passage of the resolution. He encouraged “all Americans who value and support law enforcement” to contact their Senators and urge them to cosponsor and push for passage of S.Res. 218. A similar resolution passed the U.S. House of Representatives with bi-partisan support in May.
About Citizens Behind the Badge
Established in 2020, Citizens Behind the Badge is a 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization based in McLean, Virginia. Its mission is to put an end to the misguided and disastrous movement to “defund and defame the police” and to ensure that our law enforcement professionals receive the support and resources needed to keep America safe. For more information go to: www.BehindBadge.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.