Indiana State Police Sgt. Glen Fifield offered the perfect response to Chicago cops under threat of losing their jobs due to Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s vaccine mandate, tweeting in a Tuesday post that “we’re hiring.”
“Hey Chicago Police Officers, we’re hiring! No vaccine mandate. Apply today at http://statetropper.com. Lower taxes, great schools, welcoming communities.” Fifield tweeted.
— Sgt. Glen Fifield (@ISPLowell2) October 20, 2021
In August, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that all city employees, including the city’s 12,000 police officers, must be fully vaccinated by October 15.
Those that refused would be placed on a “no pay” status and could and likely would be “separated” from the police department.
Police Sergeant Fifield isn’t the only one offering their support to the men and women of the blue facing the decision to get Fauci’s ouchie or be terminated. Indiana Republican Sen. Mike Braun also took to Twitter to lend his support to disgruntled Chicago police officers in search of new employment.
“My office stands ready to help connect Chicago police officers to an Indiana police department that is hiring now and doesn’t have a vaccine mandate. Welcome to Indiana!” he tweeted.
His post included a link to a report by The Federalist that said Lightfoot refuses to pay the city’s officers who refuse the COVID-19 vaccination. She’s placing officers on unpaid leave as well as threatening to take away retirement benefits from those who choose to retire instead, as the city melts down from violent crime.
John Catanzara, the head of Chicago’s police union, has repeatedly advised police officers to refuse to comply with the city’s vaccine mandates. He hopes the large number of those who refuse to report will force the mayor to make course corrections to her policy.
Chicago’s shooting violence is a far more serious health concern than whether its police officers are vaccinated. In a city where the mayor wants to defund police, a September report revealed more children have been victims of gun violence in Chicago that have died from the coronavirus across the entire country.
The CDC reported 214 children had died through early September. A total of 261 kids had been shot in Chicago during the same time period.
As tragic as it sounds, those are just the kids. In the first nine months of the year, Chicago experienced 2,726 shootings and 616 homicides.
If the city is worried about public health, it should be doing everything it can to hire more people to protect the city. The fact that Lightfoot is doing anything that would reduce her police officer workforce is unthinkable.
The number of officers planning to leave over the vaccine mandate is not yet known. But as of Tuesday, 2,000 police officers hadn’t informed the city of their vaccination status. Even if the number turns out to be only 100 officers, imagine the city suddenly forced to handle the same workload with such a loss. The response times to crimes and emergencies will take longer, more officers will be working with less backup and offering increased risks to existing officers and officer burnout will likely only accelerate as more will be expected of those who continue to serve.
The solution is not more mandates. The solution is more freedom. If the city wants to recruit and retain officers who care about the city and the country, it should focus on the values that matter to many officers across the nation. If not, Chicago is not going to be safer, even if every remaining officer is fully vaccinated.