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Former NYPD Deputy Inspector Alison Esposito talks law enforcement challenges and political candidacy

This seasoned police veteran and aspiring congresswoman outlines her vision for restoring and enhancing public safety and law enforcement support

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In the latest episode of the Policing Matters podcast, host Jim Dudley sits down with Alison Esposito, a former NYPD Deputy Inspector who is now making a bid for Congress. The episode dives into the pressing issues facing law enforcement today, including the movement to defund the police, the repercussions of policy changes following the 2020 protests, and the challenges of law enforcement recruitment and public perception.

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About our guest

Alison Esposito brings nearly 25 years of experience with the NYPD to the table, where she rose to the rank of Deputy Inspector and commanded the 70th Police District. Following in the footsteps of her father, NYPD Chief Michael Esposito, Alison joined the force because she believes that those who are in danger, and cannot defend themselves, have the right to be safe, free and protected.

Her career, marked by a commitment to public safety and community service, now extends into the political arena where she aims to influence law enforcement policy on a national level. As a candidate for Congress, Esposito focuses on strengthening public safety, supporting law enforcement officers, and addressing the consequences of recent criminal justice reforms. For more information, click here.

Memorable quotes

  • “I kind of took a look at the seat that I was sitting in and the hat that I was wearing, and I realized I was in the wrong seat, and I was wearing the wrong hat to be able to affect the change that New York so desperately needed.”
  • “Nobody hates a bad cop more than a good cop.”
  • “A society that turns on their police cannot exist.”
  • “We need to back our law enforcement officers if we’re going to see an uptick in recruitment.”
  • “We should be working to get people off drugs, not making it easier for them to take drugs.”

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