More than a half-century ago (1969),The Rolling Stone wrote “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”, (but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need). That was long before Minneapolis, Portland, Kenosha, Lancaster, and Naperville, etc. Sometimes what you want, and what you need, are the same thing.
The police are under attack, which means law abiding citizens are under attack, not only by anarchists, but also the people and groups that you would think would be supporting law and order, including some governors, mayors, city councils, prosecutors, corporations, etc. who actively support de-funding the police. The police are the last organized line of defense, defending law and order, without which we disintegrate as a country. If that ‘blueline’ disappears, we are all on our own defending life and property.
If there is one expense that Naperville city officials need to support, it’s the Naperville Police Department (NPD), and the second one is the Naperville Fire Department (NFD). Simply put, without those heros we are screwed. Leaf pick-up, festivals, snow removal, fire works, bus service, and downtown street Christmas decorations become inconsequential if not meaningless.
The Naperville Police Department, under the leadership of Chief of Police Robert Marshall, has proposed in the 2021 police department budget, approval to research purchasing body cameras, to support and document police officers’ actions while answering calls and initiating arrests.
If city officials, including the Naperville city council don’t put a high priority on this, then how quickly they have forgotten the rioting this summer in downtown Naperville, which included smashed windows, looting, and injuries.
To better understand what police officers have to do, every member of the Naperville city council, including the city manager, needs to participate in the NPD’s Citizen Police Academy. They need to get an idea of what it’s like pulling a vehicle over at 2 am, or going out on a call for domestic violence, or doing the “Shoot, Don’t-Shoot drill”.
The police and fire department need the support of residents and local government officials. Yes, it’s an expense, however consider the alternative, Kenosha, Lancaster, Portland, Seattle, etc.