In the discussion over the past year debating the future of policing in America, many activists and some elected officials adopted the slogan, “Defund the Police.” Recent polling by Rasmussen Reports finds little public support for this view. The public opinion polling firm asked likely voters: “Does America need to spend more on police or less? Or is the current amount of funding for police about right?”
QUOTING: “A new national telephone and online survey by Rasmussen Reports finds that 52% of Likely U.S. Voters believe America needs to spend more on police, while only 18% think the country should spend less on police. Twenty-three percent (23%) say the current amount of funding for police is about right.” You can access Rasmussen’s full report on this poll via their site.
Our article, “Tragedy-Free Policing or Else: The Need for Critical Thinking,” considers the “defund the police” movement, the notion of “tragedy-free” policing, and the larger issue of police-community relations. Lemmer cautioned: “In this effort, it is essential for us not to be deceived by those who are seeking perpetual division for their own ideological and political purposes. When the police are one with the community, the community is safer, freer, more stable, and better positioned to help foster the improved health and well-being of all the community’s members. Those seeking and participating in police reform efforts must not lose sight of this reality, and they must see the detriment to the community that comes with a tragedy-free-policing-or-else standard and reject it.“
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