The evidence is clear: Smart investments in the police can significantly lower crime, particularly violent crime. Law enforcement agencies must have the necessary resources to recruit, train, and retain quality officers in order to keep our streets safe.
Police are tasked with too many things outside their core functions of protecting public safety and serving the public. Community organizations should play a leading role in addressing societal issues such as drug addiction, mental health issues, and homelessness to allow police to spend more time focusing on violent and property crimes.
There are proven approaches to prevent violent crime from happening in the first place. Cities like Boston, Cincinnati, and Dallas have implemented strategies such as focused deterrence, urban blight reduction, and increased community programs and services with positive results on public safety.
States such as Texas, Georgia, and Oklahoma have shown that investing in prison alternatives such as drug and other specialty courts, focusing jail and prison bed space on dangerous individuals, and increasing work and educational opportunities for those in the criminal justice system can reduce recidivism and allow communities to thrive.
Alice Marie Johnson, Founder of Taking Action for Good
Brett Tolman, Executive Director for Right on Crime
Daniel Erspamer, Chief Executive Officer for Pelican Institute
David Guenthner, Senior Strategist for State Affairs at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy
Emily Seidel, President and CEO of Americans for Prosperity
Eric Cochling, Chief Program Officer and General Counsel for the Georgia Center for Opportunity
Dave LaBahn, Association of Prosecuting Attorneys
Doug Deason, The Deason Foundation
Eddie Garcia, Chief of Police, Dallas, Texas
Hassan Aden, former Chief of Police,
Tracie Keesee, former Deputy
Forest Thigpen, Senior Advisor for Empower Mississippi
Ja’Ron Smith, former Deputy Advisor to President Donald J. Trump
James Copple, Co-Director of ACT NOW
Jared Feuer, Movement Forward
Jillian Snider, R Street Institute, Retired NYPD Police Officer
Joshua Crawford, Director of Criminal Justice Initiatives for the Georgia Center for Opportunity
Julie Warren, Deputy Director for Right on Crime
David Safavian, General Counsel for the Nolan Center for Justice
Dr. Tracie L. Keesee, Senior Vice President of Justice Initiatives and Co-Founder of the Center for Policing Equity (CPE)
Laura Cooper, Major Cities Chiefs Association
Mike Nichols, President, Badger Institute
David Guenthner, Vice President for Government Affairs, Mackinac Center for Public Policy
Sal Nuzzo, Vice President of Policy for The James Madison Institute
Sue Rahr, Board of Directors for the National Policing Institute
Tarrah Callahan, Founder and Executive Director of Conservatives for Criminal Justice Reform
Timothy Head, Executive Director for the Faith & Freedom Coalition.
Amy Pomeroy, Criminal Justice Policy Analyst for Libertas Institute
James M. “Jay” Lapeyre, Jr., Steering Committee for Smart on Crime
Lisa Nelson, CEO of American Legislative Exchange Council
Sheriff (Ret) Currie Myers, PhD, MBA, Criminologist and Former Johnson County, Kansas Sheriff
Lazaro Cosmo, Federal Law Enforcement
Raul Lopez, Men of Valor
Paul Teller, Executive Director, Advancing American Freedom