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JBS Says: Support Your Local Police and Keep Them Independent
More than 16,000 SYLP packets mailed to every chief of police, sheriff, state patrol
APPLETON, WIS. – April 24, 2012 – Last week, The John Birch Society sent out more than 16,000 informational packets to every police chief, sheriff and state patrol headquarters in the U.S. As part of its “Support Your Local Police and Keep Them Independent (SYLP)” action project, JBS seeks to create understanding about the benefits to both the police and the communities they serve by keeping police locally accountable.
“Our goal is to help understand that responsible policing is best done with local oversight,” said JBS CEO Arthur Thompson. “Local police are accountable to local communities and best reflect the interests and priorities of the communities they serve. Contrast that with a police force that may have split allegiance to the local community and other regional and federal agencies that offer funding, which has been increasingly happening since September 2001.”
The mailing discusses these concerns and indicates the intention of JBS members to follow-up with the local police to discuss ways to help keep them locally accountable and independent of federal control. The packet also documents the deceptive intelligence provided to law enforcement agencies by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which has partnered with the Department of Homeland Security while at the same time smearing law-abiding citizens under the guise of combating hate.
JBS National Director of Field Activities James Fitzgerald, a former police officer from New Jersey, explains that today’s police officers are being wrongly informed about many patriotic and family oriented organizations by the SPLC.
“The SPLC conducts training seminars for law enforcement agencies throughout the country,” said Fitzgerald. “We’ve talked to some of these officers who have been through the sessions, and when the SPLC describes the ‘enemy,’ these officers told us that they themselves could fit the profile. The SPLC knowingly smears patriotic individuals that do not fit their radical leftist agenda,” states Fitzgerald.
The JBS maintains tools for members and SYLP supporters at the SYLP action page on JBS.org. The video in the SYLP packet mentioned above is published on YouTube for media review. The “To Protect and Serve” magazine reprint is also posted online, available for download.
Fitzgerald is available for interviews. Contact Hannah Brems to schedule.
Founded in 1958 and headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin, The John Birch Society is dedicated to restoring and preserving freedom under the U.S. Constitution. Members come from all walks of life and are active throughout the 50 states on local, regional and national issues. United by a strong belief in personal freedom and limited government, members work to achieve the mission of the organization: to bring about less government, more responsibility, and — with God's help — a better world by providing leadership, education, and organized volunteer action in accordance with moral and Constitutional principles. Visit JBS.org for more information.