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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Biden urges local leaders to increase public safety spending

By Josh Bock, Darlene Superville and Chris Megarian

WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – With law enforcement officials and local leaders in the Rose Garden, President Joe Biden said Friday that his administration’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package is boosting public safety by investing in police departments.

“The answer is not to defame the police,” he said. “The answer is to fund the police with the resources and training they need to protect our communities.”

Biden said more money should be spent on public safety before the summer months, which typically bring about a rise in violent crime.

“Taking action today will save lives tomorrow,” he said.

Biden’s remarks came as the Treasury Department prepared to release a second round of coronavirus relief funding for state and local governments.

The Democratic president has been under pressure from Republicans and others to reduce violent crime across the country, one of several issues that could complicate his party’s chances of retaining control of Congress in November’s midterm elections. Is.

Biden has announced a strategy to tackle gun crimes, including moves to crack down on rogue gun dealers and slow the spread of privately made firearms without serial numbers.

Among the officials who met Biden were the mayors and police chiefs of Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Missouri and Tampa, Florida. The mayors of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Toledo, Ohio also participated, as did officials from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Mercer County, Pennsylvania.

The White House said some cities have used federal funding — which Republicans in Congress did not support — to hire more police officers, buy body cameras and new police and fire vehicles, pay overtime, and improve mental health and health care. To improve domestic violence responses.

The 2021 relief package included $350 billion for state, local and tribal governments, money going to police departments. Following the killings of several black Americans by law enforcement officers, some Democrats and civil rights activists have urged cuts to the police budget. The idea has been a frequent target for Republicans, although the president has said he believes the police need the money.

As he did on Friday, Biden said in his State of the Union address in March, “The answer is not to defame the police. This is to fund the police. Fund them. Fund them. ,

FBI records released last September show that Biden had inherited a problem with violent crime. In 2020, the year before he took office, there was a nearly 30% increase in homicides compared to the previous year, the biggest jump in a year documented by the FBI. There were 21,570 homicides, the most since the early 1990s, when more than 23,000 homicides took place each year.

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