By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– President Trump praised Sheriff John McMahon for his leadership during a national law enforcement conference this week.
“We all remember the dark day in December of 2015 when terrorists opened fire at an office holiday party in San Bernardino. I’ve spoken about that often,” President Trump said during the Major County Sheriffs of America 2019 Conference in Washington, D.C. “These were people that worked in the office with other people. They thought they were all friends. But one day, they came in shooting. Incredible. Immediately, John worked with the local police chief to respond. Their brave officers chased down the terrorists and brought their sinister rampage to a rapid end. Sheriff, we thank you and your officers for your service.”
Sheriff McMahon thanked the President for his support of law enforcement, adding that relationships with federal law enforcement are the best in McMahon’s 34-year career. The Sheriff said, “But I think the true heroes — and we have to remember this — are the men and women who we all get to work with each day that put on the uniform and go do the job of protecting and serving all of the communities we’re responsible for.”
The President pointed to one of the most effective crime reduction initiatives, Project Safe Neighborhoods. He said that two years before he took office, violent crime increased by 8 percent nationwide, and murders were up by more than 20 percent. “Through the combined effort of everyone here today,” the President said, “violent crime is now going down for the first time in a long while. Murders in America’s largest cities dropped by 6 percent compared to 2016.”