Jacobs holds law enforcement roundtable and vows support for police

Posted 8 September 2021 at 1:53 pm

Provided photo: Congressman Chris Jacobs met with law enforcement officials on Tuesday at the Clarence Town Hall.

Press Release, Congressman Chris Jacobs

CLARENCE – Congressman Chris Jacobs (NY-27) held a roundtable yesterday with members of law enforcement serving in Erie and Niagara Counties.

“We have all read about recent crime increases in the news, and we have seen the media and politicians demonize our officers without any understanding of the dangerous and challenging work they do,” Jacobs said. “I convened this roundtable for two reasons. First, I wanted to hear directly from the members of our law enforcement community about the obstacles they are facing and what is contributing to spikes in crime. Second, I want to build a strong partnership with our local departments and ensure they know they are supported at the federal level.”

The roundtable was attended by representatives from the New York State Police, the NYS Troopers PBA, the Erie County Sheriff’s Department, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Department, and other local town and city departments.

“Today’s meeting was insightful, and some serious changes need to be made to ensure the longevity and effectiveness of our police force,” Jacobs said. “The attacks from the media and the threats to end qualified immunity are causing a mass exodus of experienced officers and making recruitment efforts extremely challenging.

“Additionally, actions taken by politicians to defund our police and the implementation of bail reform in New York are putting communities are greater risk of violent crime from repeat offenders,” he said. “It’s time to get serious about supporting our officers and the brave work they do; I look forward to more discussions and to continuing to fight on their behalf in Washington.”