2007-02-02 / Community

Weiner Hails COPS Funding

The C.O.P.S. Program will see a $70 million dollar infusion of funds in 2007, with an estimated $5 million going directly to New York City, Representative Anthony Weiner, a member of the subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, announced today. The new funding delivers on one of Weiner's top priorities for the 110th Congress.

The $5 million for New York City will fund as many as 67 new police officers and, for the first time ever, under a new law authored by Weiner, the NYPD and police agencies across the country can now use C.O.P.S. funds on "terrorism cops" - police officers that specialize in thwarting terrorists.

Weiner has made funding new police officers a hallmark of his tenure in Congress. He authored the legislation that reauthorized the C.O.P.S. program, which President Bush signed into law in January 2006. In addition, Weiner has led the charge to restore funding for new cops after the GOP Congress zeroed out the program last year.

"The C.O.P.S program is a proven winner, cutting crime and making neighborhoods safe in New York City, the Tri-State area, and across the nation," said Weiner. "More cops on the streets means less violent crimes and greater vigilance - it just makes sense."

Created in 1994 to put more police officers on the streets, the C.O.P.S. program has been enormously successful. Nationally, C.O.P.S has provided $9 billion to hire 117,000 police officers.

According to a GAO study, between 1998 and 2000, C.O.P.S. grants were responsible for reducing crimes by about 200,000 to 225,000 crimes - one third of which were violent. In 1998, C.O.P.S. grants were responsible for an 8% decrease in crimes - and a 13% drop in violent crimes.

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