Miami-Dade Police Urge Residents to Lock and Load

Miami’s mayor has apparently decided to cut the police budget by some $64 million, possibly wiping out as many as 600 jobs. As a result, the president of the Miami-Dade Benevolent Police Association John Rivera is advising county residents to arm themselves. According to

Speaking to WSVN News, Rivera said, “If the mayor’s not going to provide security, then my recommendation, as an experienced law enforcement officer for nearly 40 years, is either buy yourself an attack dog, put bars on your windows and doors and get yourself some firearms because you’re going to have to protect yourselves.”


Miami-Dade is the largest local law enforcement department in the state, and one of the top ten in the country, serving 2.5 million people. reports, “Several specialized units including the Incident Management Team, Sport Unit, Tactical Narcotics Team, and one of the three Special Response Teams in the city would be disbanded. The department would be forced to shutter one of its nine stations, specifically the Midwest District Station, as well as closing the Corrections Department’s “Boot Camp” rehabilitation program for young inmates.”

I think Rivera gave good advice. In fact, it’s better that every resident be armed and know how to defend himself should the need arise, instead of relying so much on the police for assistance.

Police can’t be everywhere at once to prevent crime from taking place. All they can be expected to do is show up after a crime has been committed to clean up the mess, write a report, and hopefully nab the criminals.

And I’m not trying to be disparaging to police. We shouldn’t be so demanding of them. It would be better if all residents were encouraged by their respective police departments to carry weapons to protect themselves. People would be safer, and the police wouldn’t be so spread thin.