The City of Weldon Spring Mayor and Board of Aldermen passed Resolution No. 10-24-19A in October. This resolution recognizes and supports the law enforcement officers and first responders who serve the City and the rest of the region.
RESOLUTION NO. 10-24-19A
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF WELDON SPRING, MISSOURI,
RECOGNIZING AND SUPPORTING THE LAW ENFORCEMENT
OFFICERS IN THE CITY OF WELDON SPRING AND ALL
FIRST RESPONDERS THROUGHOUT THE ST. LOUIS REGION
WHEREAS, law enforcement services are a fundamental cornerstone of civil society; and
WHEREAS, law and order in a civil society must be a collaboration between the citizens of that society, the law enforcement officers and prosecutors; and
WHEREAS, policing in American communities is a stressful, highly technical vocation in which officers know that their every public interaction is subject to being photographed or filmed and subject to public and media scrutiny; and
WHEREAS, the safety and security of the City of Weldon Spring and the region depends on the commitment of our law enforcement officers; and
WHEREAS, law enforcement officers are charged with pursuing justice for all individuals, and performing the duties of a law enforcement officer with fidelity to the constitutional and civil rights of the public the officers serve; and
WHEREAS, the public often draws conclusions regarding an officer’s action as perpetuated by false narratives and without appropriate awareness of the actual circumstances of an incident; and
WHEREAS, law enforcement officers have expressed that they have, or will, pull back from the ability to interdict, because they are living under a microscope, feel that no one supports them, and they are in fear of becoming a news story themselves or having their careers ended early; and
WHEREAS, police officers must have the support of their community and elected leaders to do their job effectively; and
WHEREAS, in the fall of 2015, at a strategy session called by the Department of Justice with the nation’s senior law enforcement chiefs and mayors, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel told Attorney General Loretta Lynch that his officers were “fetal”. “They have pulled back from the ability to interdict,” he said. “They don’t want to be a news story themselves, they don’t want their career ended early, and it’s having an impact”; and
WHEREAS, “The challenge going forward”, New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton said, “is to keep it in balance so that our officers feel that as we ask them to go forward that if they, in fact, do the right thing, we will be supportive”; and
WHEREAS, increases in crime occurring as a result of police disengagement will be stemmed only by a clear message to police that when they do the right thing, they will be supported by the citizen community, police leadership, prosecutors and the elected officials of the county; and
WHEREAS, according to the most recent data (2018) reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, one hundred six (106) law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in the United States and Puerto Rico; and
WHEREAS, Weldon Spring is part of the larger St. Louis Region; and the Weldon Spring Board of Aldermen want to recognize and show support for law enforcement officers throughout the St. Louis Region.
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF WELDON SPRING, MISSOURI, AS FOLLOWS:
SECTION 1: That the Mayor and the Board of Aldermen of the City of Weldon Spring hereby recognize, declare solidarity with, and express support and gratitude for, the men and women who serve, or have served, as law enforcement officers, and in particular to those who serve or reside in Weldon Spring and in the region for their distinctive service and dedicated efforts in supporting the safe and law-abiding citizens of their communities, pursuing justice for all individuals, upholding the laws they have sworn to uphold and enforce, and for maintaining safer communities in which to reside, raise a family, and conduct business.
SECTION 2: That the Mayor and the Board of Aldermen of the City of Weldon Spring express their strong support and utmost gratitude for law enforcement officers across the United States and in Puerto Rico in the efforts that those officers undertake to build safer and more secure communities; and further, do recognize the law enforcement community for the continual selfless acts of sacrifice and bravery carried out by the members of that community.
Read and adopted this __24th___ day of _______October________, 2019