While attempting to “protect and serve” local police have suffered plenty of scrutiny during the past decade. Setting the cases of police brutality aside, you realize how difficult it must be for them to put their life on the line each and every day. If you’ve informed yourself of the dangers of a federalized police force, then you will appreciate local police even more. This week, May 13-19, is National Police Week: Let’s use this time to give back to local law enforcement!
By simply acknowledging local law enforcement throughout the week, it will help increase a more positive community attitude towards them. Support should be overflowing during National Police Week, but it is also important to show it year round. Local police continue to receive pressure in bribes (grants, equipment, and training) that can only lead to outside control. Preserving local control over local police means that your county government must be self-sufficient in order to offer the support needed to keep local operations moving.
Remember that a federally controlled police force would bring about federal standards, federal guidelines, and allegiance to the federal government without local accountability. The U.S. Constitution provides no authority for federal police agencies; police were established to serve under local authority.
Citizens, like you, have a responsibility to educate others about the importance of maintaining local control over local police departments. Educational efforts must reach local officials, community opinion molders, state legislators, and congressmen in order to maximize its effectiveness.
The John Birch Society has many, many “Support Your Local Police — and Keep Them Independent!” (SYLP) tools
to educate these crucial groups. We have the mission to educate as many people as possible on this topic, so we want these materials to be shared! So for this week only, for every $25 you spend at ShopJBS.org, you will receive a FREE gift! Just use coupon code: pdsupport18. The free gifts will consist of an SYLP notepad, SYLP wristband, SYLP bumper sticker, and SYLP window cling.
This National Police Week, use the positive momentum to accomplish even more! Use this opportunity to join or form a SYLP committee
. This nationwide network will provide support and guidance for you to make the largest impact. Contact your local coordinator
to learn how a SYLP committee can be started! Download the SYLP Committee Formation Report to decide on a chairman, vice-chairman, and a treasurer. And we’ll send you an SYLP packet to kickoff.
Now, more than ever, we need to support those who serve our communities, our families, and our neighbors. By supporting our local police and keeping them independent of the federal government, together, we can bring about less government, more responsibility, and —with God’s help— a better world! Are you with us?