Opinion: Chabot is a true champion for police, public safety

Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, speaks at the annual Ohio Republican pancake breakfast hosted by the Northeast Hamilton County Republican Club at the Sharonville Convention Center on Saturday, October 16, 2021 in Sharonville, Ohio.
Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, speaks at the annual Ohio Republican pancake breakfast hosted by the Northeast Hamilton County Republican Club at the Sharonville Convention Center on Saturday, October 16, 2021 in Sharonville, Ohio.

In the summer of 2020, Cincinnati faced rising crimes and record homicides while dealing with major protests in the wake of the horrific death of George Floyd. Our leaders had a choice, they could stand with those who vilified police and law enforcement and push to defund them, or they could stand with the men and women in blue.

Steve Chabot stood with our law enforcement, as he always has. Greg Landsman? He stood with the extremists and radicals and introduced a resolution to defund our local police.

Landsman has consistently lied about his record of supporting the police. As Cincinnati dealt with rising crime and homicides, Landsman voted to strip $1 million from the Cincinnati Police budget. Landsman is now using fellow soft-on-crime politicians to distract from his horrible record on public safety. The fact remains the same, Landsman is not a friend of law enforcement and "the police around here" support Chabot for Congress.

Chabot has spent his career supporting law enforcement. He has been a strong and consistent voice for our men and women in blue. He understands the sacrifice and risks that our officers take every time they put on their uniform. That’s why Chabot has been endorsed by both the Cincinnati Fraternal Order of Police and the Warren County Fraternal Order of Police. Chabot stands up for law enforcement and is working hard to help make our streets safe again.

Safety is at the top of many voters’ minds, and for good reason. Crime has been on the rise. The key question voters must ask themselves is who they trust to help make our community safe again − radical defund-the-police advocate Greg Landsman or Steve Chabot, a champion for law enforcement and first responders?

For those who serve and protect, the answer is clear − we must reelect Steve Chabot.

Sgt. Dan Hils is the president of the Cincinnati Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 69 and a resident of Ohio’s First Congressional District.

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Opinion: Chabot is a true champion for police, public safety