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Dr. Joyce Condemns Rise in Crime, Statements from Officials that Put Law Enforcement in Danger

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman John Joyce, M.D. (PA-13) condemned the growing crime crisis that has plagued American cities in recent months while condemning liberal politicians’ calls to defund our law enforcement. 

In a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Dr. Joyce outlined the need to properly train and equip police departments as they patrol increasingly dangerous areas.

“Now is definitely not the time to defund the police. Tragically, ambush-style attacks on law enforcement have increased 91% from last year. These attacks have been deadly, and 155 police officers have given their lives in the line of duty,” said Dr. Joyce. “This is not the time to play games, and this is not the time to cut funding for the body armor and safety equipment that protect our officers.”

During his time in Congress, Dr. Joyce has been a strong supporter of law enforcement and has made ensuring police funding a top priority.

Dr. Joyce has met with law enforcement officers from across Pennsylvania’s 13th District to hear the issues and concerns that matter most in our communities. Since January, Dr. Joyce has held meetings with Adams County Sheriff James Muller, Blair County Sheriff James Ott, Franklin County Sheriff Dane Anthony, Allegheny Township Police Chief Leo Berg, Altoona Police Chief Janice Freehling, Altoona Area School District Public Safety Director Chief William Pfeffer, Jr., Chambersburg Police Chief Ron Camacho, and Gettysburg Police Chief Robert Glenny.

Watch Dr. Joyce’s full remarks here, a transcript of his speech can be found below.


Across the country, parents are facing a new and scary reality this summer. 

As soccer camps, and little league games get back under way, there is a new and growing crime crisis that is threatening our neighborhoods.

Just last week, President Biden made the extraordinarily false claim that “crime is down.” 

President Biden is wrong. We are seeing a rise in crime throughout American cities.

In Philadelphia, there have been 315 homicides this year, an increase of over 35 percent from last year.

This is unacceptable, the people living in our communities deserve to feel safe.

While families worry about this growing crime crises, liberal leaders have turned their backs and failed to protect our neighborhoods.

Across the country, mayors and community leaders have condemned our police officers and joined protests calling to defund law enforcement.

They have failed to support our police officers as they battle this crime wave. 

This dangerous rhetoric makes our communities less safe.

Now more than ever, we must stand with our law enforcement officers, we must stand with the heroes that keep us safe each and every day.

We must ensure they have the tools and training to protect themselves from harm while they protect us and protect our communities.

Now is the time to back the blue, now is the time to support our law enforcement, and speak out against the dangerous rhetoric that puts their lives in danger.

Thank you, and I yield back the balance of my time.


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