May was a busy month for National Police Support Fund. Police week was celebrated and heavily recognized by us. National Police Support Fund sponsored a virtual 5k hosted by the Washington, D.C. Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #1W. Executive Director, Simon Lewis, spoke on the history of police week, saying this may be the most important one to date, while encouraging comrade, morale and hope for law enforcement.
There were also several other events worth noting. Texas passed the “Back the Blue Act”, which was a win for citizens, law enforcement and community safety. In Oklahoma, two bills passed the lesiglature that if enacted would protect police officers from harassment. On May 5, 2021, Sydney Roberts, the chief administrator of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) in Chicago, resigned her position. We have worked with her many times in the past and are sad at this news. Now is the time for grassroots police supporters to speak up in support of a new COPA administrator, who will be appointed by Mayor, Lori Lightfoot’s office.
Our efforts to stop defunding the police were mentioned in a daily wire article after St. Louis Mayor claimed more police don’t prevent crime. Read the article here.
- ‘We’re funding the police and then some’: Gov. DeSantis announces $1K bonuses for first responders
- Federal judge changes ‘life sentence’ of cop killer, makes him now eligible for early release
- Governor signs bill preventing defunding of police: ‘Here in Georgia, we back the blue…Now is the time to invest in law enforcement.’
- House GOP plans $80M to aid law enforcement recruitment, mental health services
- Iowa Senate approves ‘back the blue’ bill
- Retirees, volunteers pitch in to help active Chicago police officers working long hours