Anchorage mayoral candidate Dave Bronson sent a letter to the Anchorage Police Department detailing how he plans to support and collaborate with the force if elected mayor.
Dated April 10, the letter is addressed to the “men and women of APD.” It clearly lays out Bronson’s views on a number of hot-button issues that police departments around the country have faced over the past year.
Bronson states that he believes ANTIFA is a “domestic terrorist group and should be treated accordingly.” He adds that some divisions of the Black Lives Matter movement are “violent and clearly anti-American.”
With regard to calls by leftist groups to defund police departments, Bronson said this is an “organized effort to damage our police departments, harm out citizens and make our streets less safe.” He said he would “end any effort to defund, in any way, the APD” and added that “The Thin Blue Line is the last line of defense between civilization and anarchy.”
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Bronson affirmed his belief that “all lives matter, blue lives matter.”
Regarding how he would oversee the Police Department, Bronson indicated that he does not plan to micromanage the Chief of Police who “leads and manages the Department.”
When negotiating contracts with the police, Bronson said he would seek terms that balance the need to compensate officers and attract quality candidates with the need to save costs wherever possible.
Bronson is headed to a runoff election against Anchorage Assemblyman Forrest Dunbar. The two men are the top vote getters for mayor, but neither will be able to win 45% of the vote – the amount needed to avoid a runoff. The runoff will take place on May 11.