During the annual meeting held by the MCCA and PERF, police chiefs voiced their displeasure with how district attorneys and judges sentence criminals.
This week, law enforcement personnel from all over the United States gathered together to discuss a topic to address a “perfect storm” of issues that large metropolitan police agencies have been facing over the previous two years. The meeting was held to find a solution to the problems.
At the 2022 Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)/Major Cities Chiefs Association Annual Conference, which was held in San Francisco, a diverse collection of city police chiefs from throughout the United States discussed four significant challenges that have plagued departments since the year 2020: a lack of funding, a lack of trained personnel, and a lack of resources. For example, the COVID-19 protests that took place after George Floyd was killed, as well as the rise in the rate of violent crime that occurred after three major mass shootings in the spring of 2019 in the cities of Buffalo, New York, Uvalde, Texas, and the city of Tusla, Oklahoma, are all examples of such events.
Michael Harrison, the police chief of Baltimore and the president of PERF, told authorities that over the two days, “we went through a lot of challenges that we’ve all faced with COVID before.” Harrison is also the president of PERF. “The public’s perception of our profession has been altered as a result of COVID’s findings. Additionally, it has changed the way that we, as officers, see ourselves on the inside. In conclusion, it has changed the way we operate and how we provide police services.”
On Thursday, the keynote presentation was made by police chiefs who represent cities and towns that are seeing a rise in the number of killings despite a general decrease in the rate of violent crime.