Policing & Law Enforcement
First, let me be clear: I do not support defunding the police.
Across our nation, law enforcement officers rise daily, committed to safeguarding our neighborhoods, schools and businesses. Their selfless dedication often means placing themselves in harm’s way to uphold the values we cherish and protect those we love. Acknowledging their sacrifices and equipping them with the necessary support, training and resources is vital to keeping our communities safe. I will be a champion for quality-of-life improvements for law enforcement, such as the Social Security Fairness Act, which addresses reductions in Social Security Benefits due to the Windfall Elimination Provision and Government Pension Offset; and the Homes for Every Local Protector, Educator, and Responder – also known as HELPER – Act, which proposes a loan program similar to the VA loan program for first responders and public-school educators. Understanding the physical and mental strains of law enforcement duties, I also support the Law Enforcement Officers’ Equity Act, allowing for retirement after 50 years of age with 20 years of service or after 25 years of service regardless of age.
We must create an environment where our police officers and first responders feel valued and appreciated for their unwavering dedication to our safety. This entails enhancing their mental health support, providing access to contemporary technology and training, and ensuring they have the resources to address the unique challenges they face. By reinforcing our law enforcement agencies, we not only boost public safety, we foster a united community. I am committed to bridging law enforcement and the community by emphasizing mutual respect, understanding and collaboration. United, by prioritizing the well-being of our officers and the rights of our citizens, we can pave the way for safer streets and deepen the bonds of community trust.