2005-03-11 / Community

Weiner: Don’t Cut COPS Funding

Sixty-seven members of Congress are calling on the House Budget Committee to save federal law enforcement programs.

A bipartisan coalition led by Representative. Anthony Weiner called on the Budget Committee to save the Community Oriented Policing Services (C.O.P.S.), Byrne Justice Assistance and Firefighter Grant programs.

The C.O.P.S. program has prevented thousands of crimes in New York City. Since the program was started in 1994, COPS has provided millions of dollars to cities and states to hire more than 110,000 new community police officers and to implement neighborhood crime fighting initiatives. 

The Byrne Justice Assistance and Firefighter Grant programs award grants to improve criminal justice, firefighting and emergency response operations.

The funds provide personnel, equipment, and training to local agencies.

The President’s Fiscal Year 2006 budget cuts New York City’s C.O.P.S. program of $70 million and more than 900 new offices. Nationwide, Bush has proposed reducing funds from $378 million to $118 million.

Weiner joined by 66 other Members of Congress, urged the Committee on the Budget to restore funding to C.O.P.S. programs.

“The C.O.P.S. program is a proven winner, cutting crime and making neighborhoods safer,” said Rep. Weiner.  “It is time for the Bush Administration to respond to a bipartisan coalition of 67 legislators, and the over 100,000 police that the C.O.P.S. program has put on the street.

Cutting the C.O.P.S. program is just the wrong thing to do.”

Weiner is the sponsor of legislation to re-authorize the C.O.P.S. program.

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