2004-04-02 / Community

Bill Would Bring More Cops to Local Streets

Bill Would Bring More Cops to Local Streets

The House of Representatives has passed legislation sponsored by Rep resentative Anthony Weiner that would put 1,334 new police officers on New York City streets over the next two years, Weiner announced in a recent press release.A0

The Community Oriented Police Services or COPS program passed the House as part of the Department of Justice reauthorization bill.

According to Weiner, the COPS program was created in 1994 to put more police officers on the streets, and the program has been enormously successful.A0Over the past ten years, the Tri-State area has received more than $1 billion in COPS funding, which has been used to hire more than 20,000 police officers.A0In New York City alone, COPS has provided $597 million to hire more than 7,000 police officers.

This year, for the fourth consecutive year, President Bush has proposed eliminating the entire hiring component of the COPS program — a cut of $120 million.A0 Should Bush’s COPS cut become law, New York City would lose an estimated $10.4 million this year, enough to hire 139 police officers.

Weiner says that he led successful Democratic efforts to include COPS funding in the Department of Justice reauthorization bill.A0 The bill, which passed the House this afternoon, reauthorizes COPS at $1.03 billion in Fiscal Year ‘05 and $1.05 billion in Fiscal Year ‘06.A0 That’s enough to pay for an estimated 9,500 new officers each year.A0 Included in the package is $589 million for New York, enough to hire 667 more police officers a year in New York City.

"The COPS program isn’t political or partisan, it’s just the single most effective crime fighting program in our nation’s history," said Weiner.A0 "It puts police officers just where they’re needed most, on our streets and in our neighborhoods."

The Senate has not yet taken up consideration of the DOJ reauthorization.

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