Chief Demings with FOP, NAPO: “Communities Say We Want to Fund the Police”

“We cannot leave all of America’s challenges on the backs of the men and women in law enforcement”

27-year career law enforcement officer Demings urged colleagues in Congress to stay focused on addressing violent crime during press conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, former Orlando Police Chief and candidate for the U.S. Senate, Congresswoman Val Demings, held a press conference on Capitol Hill advocating for her bipartisan bill, the Violent Incident Clearance and Technological Investigative Methods (VICTIM) Act.

She was joined by fellow House Democrats, Fraternal Order of Police President Patrick Yoes, National Association of Police Organizations Director of Government Affairs Andy Edmiston, and other law enforcement representatives.

Key takeaways from Chief Demings’ press conference:

Fox News: Demings dismisses fellow Dem’s ‘defund police’ push, says lawmakers need to ‘stay focused’
By Danielle Wallace

Key Points

Demings once again rejected the progressive call to “defund the police,” acknowledging that communities in high crime areas fear that if police resources are cut, they “become even more vulnerable.”
Demings: “When we take the time to talk to communities throughout our nation, particularly those in high crime areas, you know what they tell us. Those communities say we want to fund the police.”

NBC News: In dueling crime messages, House Democrats call for police funding, GOP senators blame Biden

By Dareh Gregorian and Teaganne Finn

Key Points

“We must invest in our police departments,” Demings told reporters outside the Capitol. “Public safety is the foundation on which we build great communities.”

Demings spoke alongside other House Democrats and law-enforcement officials to garner support for her Violent Incident Clearance and Technological Investigative Methods (VICTIM) Act. The bill would give Justice Department grants to police departments to hire and train more personnel to solve more gun crimes. “Due to lack of adequate resources, nearly half of America’s murders go unsolved. Is anyone really opposed to getting more murderers off the streets?” Demings asked.

Erie News Now: Congressional members sound the alarm on rise in violent crime

By Rachel Knapp

Key Points:

Congressional members at the press conference discussed the nation-wide rise in violent crime, and Demings encouraged members on both sides of the aisle to come together to address it.

“The number one priority has to be the reduction of violent crime,” said Demings.

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