In 2021, cities across America saw many radical ideas come to a critical vote. It was an important year for National Police Support Fund in our grassroots mission to support law enforcement and defeat the anti-police sentiment growing across the country. Here’s a look at some of the projects, initiatives, and top accomplishments from the past year.
Growing a Grassroots Movement
The Covid-19 pandemic has proven that digital outreach is crucial for any successful mission. We were able to grow our grassroots movement by 10,769 people and reach nearly 800,000 people. People are tired of the violence, disrespect, and mistreatment of police officers. They are also tired of government overreach from elected officials. Our Restore Respect For Police Petition proved this with more than 10,000 new signers this year.
This year, National Police Support Fund invested heavily in the ever-developing Legislative Action Tracker on our website. The goal of this tool is to make it easier for police supporters across the country to track legislation at local and state levels that directly impact law enforcement. We are proud to have marked several of these initiatives as successful throughout the year.
Police Issues Action Center of Illinois
In Illinois, anti-police sentiment is at an all-time high. National Police Support Fund wanted to take our efforts to the streets of Chicago in order to combat anti-police elected officials head on and connect with grassroots organizers throughout the state. This project was an expansion of our Restore Respect for Police petition and a crucial part in directly reaching the pro-police supporters and voters.
Chicago’s history of violence and crime, along with current anti-police politicians, has led to terrible conditions for the citizens and law enforcement working in the Windy City. Elected officials like Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Kim Foxx continue to make decisions that benefit criminals and perpetuate the issues in the city. So, we focused on the issues this year to advocate for police and the rule of law in Chicago. There’s not one problem in Chicago, there are many. From violence, crime, and failed leadership to the Covid-19 pandemic, we highlighted the issues that are suffocating the city.
All of the little failures in the city finally came to a head at the end of 2021. Lori Lightfoot called for a major budget increase, essentially admitting the failure of the Defund Movement. Meanwhile, Chicago FOP President stepped down from his position with his eyes on running for Mayor’s seat.
Throughout the year, National Police Support Fund staff and volunteers contacted more than 27,000 voters in the Illinois communities of Aurora, Evanston, Oak Park, and Orland Park to encourage them to vote in municipal elections on April 6 and think about how vital their local police departments are to their communities. There were important issues on the ballot that impacted the role of police in these communities. These efforts paid off in Oak Park, where nearly 70% of residents voted “NO” to defunding their police.
In order to better understand how the residents in Chicago view the situation happening in the city, National Police Support Fund launched a survey to poll Chicago’s LEOs and concerned residents. Their opinion is paramount in telling the true story of the rampant violence in the city. Their insight on how we can best continue to advocate for change as a grassroots movement in the next year is invaluable and we will be releasing the results of survey in Quarter 1 of 2022. Stay tuned for that.
Just like the voices of Chicago law enforcement and citizens, expert opinion on policing in America is crucial to our mission. National Police Support Fund partnered with Advisory Committee member, Dan Niedhammer, to gather and share his opinion and insight. Dan is a retired police officer who spent several years working in many different facets of policing and has a lot of experience and knowledge to share. We look forward to continuing this series into the new year and would like to sincerely thank Dan for his contributions to our grassroots movement for police.
2021 was an amazing year for those of us that support police. The anti-police sentiment around the country is growing weaker and quieter and our grassroots army of more 43,000 members is ready to quiet it for good in the elections of 2022. To all of our members, supporters, and donors, THANK YOU for your support in 2021 and beyond. We couldn’t do this without you. You make this movement possible!