A national coalition of police associations representing more than 240,000 rank and file law enforcement officers today announced its endorsement of Tom Barrett in his bid to unseat Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
"Law-enforcement officers are under attack, both by criminals on the streets and by lawmakers in state capitals all across the country," said Thomas Nee, president of the National Association of Police Organizations. "Scott Walker's divisive tactics and his drastic cuts to public safety funding will make Wisconsin's communities and the officers that police them less safe. Tom Barrett will bring people together to ensure that Wisconsin stays a safe place in which to live, work, and raise family. He's done that all throughout his career and he will do so again as the next governor of Wisconsin."
"All throughout this campaign, I have been honored to have received so much overwhelming support from the law enforcement community," said Tom Barrett in receiving the endorsement. "Scott Walker is quick to attend ceremonies honoring officers that have fallen in the line of duty, but he has eliminated their ability to bargain over their health insurance and his draconian cuts only place officers at greater risk of harm. As governor, I will make sure that the state honors its commitment to the dedicated men and women who police our streets by restoring their right to fair treatment at the bargaining table and buy ensuring that they have the resources they need to do their jobs."
Founded in 1978, NAPO represents more than 1000 police units and associations from across the United States and serves to advance the interests of American law enforcement through legislative and legal advocacy, political action, and education.