Local leadership in the DC area is pushing for formal measures to bulk up police department funding again, after last year cutting that budget to appease left-wing activists.
In an announcement on Wednesday from the DC mayor’s office, Muriel Bowser revealed her proposal for an additional 170 officers to staff the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) through 2022.
“Right now, I have directed MPD to use any overtime necessary to meet our public safety demands. But we know that is not a complete solution or the right long-term solution. We also know we need all of our officers to be fresh, rested, and in the best position to make good decisions – and that requires having a full force to meet all of our community’s needs,” Bowser is quoted as saying.
The press release directly mentions the negative impact to DC’s police as a result of last year’s “defunding” movement.