The National Sheriffs Association fired back at White House Press Secretary Jen Psaski’s allegation that the Biden administration is working with local law enforcement to assist and curb retail theft.
“Several of the national trade groups representing local law enforcement have formed their own working group to coordinate a better localized response to the latest crime trend,” the group announced in a statement Wednesday.
Law Enforcement Makes Move On Joe Biden – Sheriff SHOCKS Nation https://t.co/XAuSGyzbxZ— KMGTexas (@KellyGardin) December 12, 2021
“This group aggressively sought federal law enforcement resources to assist in this effort. Thus far… we are unaware of any planned, orchestrated, or cohesive response by the federal government.”
The statement comes after Psaki stated throughout Tuesday’s press briefing that the White House was taking action to treat the growing problem of retail theft with federal help to local law enforcement, declaring “DOJ, FBI, and federal law enforcement have been in contact where retail thefts have happened to offer assistance in investigations.
Angeles where we’ve seen a rash of break-ins, the FBI is providing assistance to a multi-jurisdictional task force led by LAPD and LA Sheriff’s Department to go after the criminal groups who are behind many of these incidents.”
Jen Psaki: The WH is working with the law enforcement officers across the country to address the smash & grab issue.— Fibci (@Fibci2) December 9, 2021
The Sheriff Association: That’s news to us.
This woman lies for a living!
Though the NSA argues that California law enforcement officials “tell us they have seen zero federal resources, and even the FBI says they haven’t done anything more. And Chicago is working this with the state alone. Zero new fed help.”
The remarks come as many around the nation have reported a surge in crime against retail stores, with the National Retail Federation 2021 poll discovering that “organized retail crime” has been on the rise. The poll found that 65% of respondents think
there have been increasingly aggressive and violent plots to steal large quantities of retail to be resold later.
Psaki stated that the White House has taken note of the trend, explaining that it is a “serious concern” of President Biden’s while citing that the Administration has “provided financial assistance to get money to hire 50 more police officers through the COPS program that the president has championed in places like San Francisco and an additional 20
officers in Los Angeles.”
“Those dollars are droplets in the boiling ocean. 50 officers in LA and 20 in San Francisco: net that is less than 1/10th of 1% of
their respective manpower needs,” the NSA announced in response to Psaki’s remarks.
Grassley challenges Biden to call out leftist mayors and DAs perpetuating ‘Wild West law enforcement’ – https://t.co/0Ttyx1jmgX— Greg Adkins (@Soreknuckles) December 11, 2021
The NSA went on to call Psaki “uninformed or ill-informed,” claiming that whatever the Administration’s response has been to help local law enforcement, it “is not working.”
“The only response we know of so far is an Executive Order seeking to codify restricting the use of federal funds for local law enforcement,” the group stated. “We are unaware of new funds; programs that put greater emphasis on prosecution, response or prevention.”