Law enforcement veteran Michael Letts speaks about the new possibilities with a Republican-led House.
After several turbulent days of vote-counting, Republicans have managed to attain a small but crucial victory this week, taking back the House of Representatives.
As things prepare to settle with the House reconvening in January, several questions are rising in terms of the bills that can make their way through Congress. One of them pertains to one that can actually help fund the police, following years of rising criminal activity and riots surrounding the “defund the police” campaigns.
A few weeks back, Democrats finally agreed to a particular bill to fund the police, but only after receiving certain provisions from it. No action has since been taken on it with its move to Senate however, leaving some wondering if the Republicans might be looking at restructuring it altogether.
With us now to discuss the bill is Michael Letts, who has over 30 years of law enforcement under his belt. Letts currently serves as founder, CEO and president for InVest USA, an organization that provides bulletproof vests to police officers, through various charitable groups and sponsorships. His expertise will prove quite useful in this matter.
- Why do you think it took so long for the previous police bill to get approval to move on to Senate? Were certain politicians, such as the Democrats, simply seeking out incentives that would help them like it would police officers?
- It’s a bit surprising that the “fund the police” bill didn’t have more urgency behind it, considering the disarray several cities are in right now with increasing crime and officers leaving their positions. Why do you think it’s not taking up importance with some Congress members?
- Do you think the bill should continue to progress as it is, or do you believe the Republican-led House should structure a new one? And if so, what incentives do you think it should have that would serve police officers better?
- Should there be a new funding avenue that provides incentives to officers that are looking to become a police officer? Or, at the very least, provide reassurance that the job won’t discourage them?
- What incentives do you believe certain politicians were trying to get from the previous police bill?
- Will 2023 be the year that police start to see far better support than they’ve gotten since the start of the “defund the police” campaigns in 2020? Or do you see people continue to lash out at police officers like they’re the enemy, and more officers leaving their posts?
- Tell us more about InVest USA, and how it’s helping police officers, especially in their time of need.
- Where can we learn more about In-Vest USA, and how people can contribute to the group?
You can visit the official website at http://www.investusa.org.
About Michael Letts:
Michael Letts is the Founder, President, and CEO of InVest USA, a national grassroots non-profit organization that is helping hundreds of communities provide thousands of bulletproof vests for their police forces through educational, public relations, sponsorship, and fundraising programs. He also has over 30 years of law enforcement experience under his belt, hence his pro-police stance for his brothers and sisters in blue. Those interested in learning more about Letts can visit his official website here.