Conroe, June 5 – The world is in shock over the London Bridge terrorist attack which occurred on June 3, 2017, and for which ISIS has claimed responsibility. The Associated Press has described the attack as follows:
“Police say three men drove a van over London Bridge just before 10 p.m. Saturday and struck pedestrians before crashing the vehicle outside a pub. The attackers, wielding blades and knives, ran down a set of stairs into Borough Market, a well-known fruit and vegetable market that’s also home to popular restaurants and pubs. There, they stabbed people in several different restaurants. Seven people were killed and at least 48 were hospitalized, 21 of whom are in critical condition. Others had minor injuries. Police fired 50 bullets to stop the violence, killing the three attackers and wounding one member of the public.
“This is the third attack in Britain in as many months. On May 22, a suicide bomber blew himself up at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, in northwest England, killing 22 people and injuring dozens more. In March, a British convert to Islam ran down people with a vehicle on Westminster Bridge, killing four before fatally stabbing a policeman on Parliament’s grounds. May said Sunday that police had recently foiled five other plots.”
It took the London Police more than 10 minutes to respond to the situation by deploying officers who had guns to fire those “50 bullets to stop the violence.” That’s because more than 90% of the police officers in the United Kingdom and over 92% of the police in the city of London don’t carry firearms. Instead, they carry some combination of canisters of mace, handcuffs, batons and occasionally stun-guns. Most police don’t carry tasers.
The sad lesson
Under the horrific circumstances of the British terror attacks, they should take heed that law enforcement personnel should carry adequate equipment, which includes firearms. In the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, as well as almost every other law enforcement agency in Montgomery County, Texas, peace officers carry a full arsenal of weapons of force on their belts as well as elsewhere. During the Citizens Academy at the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Specialist David Borchardt and Deputy Steve Squier explained to the students that officers often carry weapons on their belt lined in order of the degree of force. If you look at a Sheriff’s Deputy’s belt when you see him or her on the street, you’ll notice a careful organization to the equipment.
Precinct 4 Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden has stated on numerous occasions that the Montgomery County government has not provided adequate equipment or funding for law enforcement and the peace officers and their support staff who comprise those departments. Hayden has made clear that he appreciates the funding the Commissioners Court has provided to his Department as well as others, although many needs presently exist.
It’s clear that Montgomery County has set different priorities higher than law enforcement funding. Elected officials’ salaries, huge administrative departments, overtime for politically-appointed personnel at the highest levels of the County government, and massive awards of engineering and construction contracts to political contributors without oversight have eaten County government funds which would more wisely go into law enforcement, needed roads, or back into the pockets of beleaguered taxpayers.
The London Bridge attack was tragic. We should pray for the victims, their families, and all of the people of the United Kingdom who suffered this terrible attack.
We should also learn from the mistakes of a government that has failed to provide adequate protection for law enforcement personnel at least since the city of London established its police department in 1829.