Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, issued the following statement today:
The Fraternal Order of Police is a strong advocate for enhancing border security and giving the men and women of law enforcement the resources they need to do their job to the best of their abilities. We must also commit ourselves to improving the safety of those officers who are entrusted to protect our border and our communities.
Currently, our communities face a number of threats from outside the borders of our country. Transnational organized crime syndicates pose a direct threat to our local communities by fueling the heroin epidemic that takes over 1,000 lives a week. Eighty percent (80%) of the heroin that has flooded the United States comes from Mexican cartels. It is time we put an end to this.
It is for these reasons that the Fraternal Order of Police continues to work with Senator John Cornyn and his office to best address these issues that we face as officers every day. As law enforcement officers, we took an oath to protect and serve our communities and our nation. Senator Cornyn is committed to providing law enforcement the resources it needs to do our jobs and protect those we have sworn to serve and we support him in those efforts. He has been a tireless supporter of law enforcement officers throughout the United States, and I look forward to working with him to help us make our borders secure and our officers safer.
The Fraternal Order of Police is the largest law enforcement labor organization in the United States with more than 330,000 members.