The rule of law is indispensable to our Nation. However, it is impossible for our Nation’s citizens to be secure if crime plagues our streets and lawlessness dominates our communities. The America First Policy Institute (AFPI) will advance policies that support the American people’s right to live and prosper in free and secure communities. Respect for legitimate law enforcement, reverence for the law, and smart-on-crime reforms are essential to American life and liberty.



Op-Ed | May 23, 2024

Remembering our Iowa heroes in blue

Few things strike at the heart of a community more than when a police officer is lost in the line of duty. As a community and as a nation, we mourn their loss, recognizing that their sacrifice came in defense of our freedom and way of life. Recently, thousands of Americans gathered in Washington, D.C., to commemorate National Police Week, a time of year when we reflect upon the men and women in law enforcement who lost their lives in the line of duty the year before.

Op-Ed | May 15, 2024

Safe no more: The cost of progressive criminal justice

The threat of crime remains dangerously high in our nation despite President Biden’s recent statements to the contrary. Slight decreases in certain crime categories over the past year do not erase the fact that violent crime remains above pre-pandemic levels and persists as an ongoing threat to the public.

Commentary | May 14, 2024

AFPI Investigates Progressive Prosecutors Abusing their Power

Expert Insights | April 17, 2024

Here’s What the Next FBI Director Should Do on Day One

In my 12 years as a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) special agent, I quickly learned how important good leadership is to the cultivation and maintenance of an effective workforce. This is especially so in law enforcement. I witnessed a dramatic decline in agent morale during my time at the FBI and a palpable disconnect between the agents on the line and leadership in Washington, D.C. These observations inform my belief that the FBI is currently suffering from a distinct lack of leadership and that the future of the FBI can be directly tied to how the next leader of that organization reacts on day one of that person’s tenure.

Expert Insights | March 25, 2024

What America Needs in the Next FBI Director

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