Local Law Enforcement and First Responders

Our local police, firefighters, and those who serve in the National Guard are the front lines in our fight to secure our communities.  We must be diligent in ensuring all of our law enforcement agencies have the latest technology equipment and resources they need, which is why I am a long-time supporter of funding for local police departments.

By strengthening the federal commitment to public safety, we provide state and local law enforcement the ability to hire new officers, acquire up-to-date crime fighting technology, combat violence against women, and fight internet crimes against children.
 

COPS Program 

The Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program provides federal funding to help local and state police departments build or maintain the size of their forces. For more than 20 years, the program has supported the hiring of almost 125,000 new police officers nationally.  In Michigan, more than 539 local and state law enforcement agencies have received COPS grants totaling more than $329 million—an amount that has funded 3,605 additional police officers and valuable improvements in crime-fighting technologies.

The COPS program provides invaluable resources and technical assistance to state and local law enforcement agencies, helping keep our communities safe.  That’s why I joined several of my House colleagues in sending a letter to the House Appropriations Committee urging support for the COPS program for FY2017.

 

FireFighter Assistance Grants

The federal government operates two programs vital to providing local fire departments with the staff and equipment needed to effectively protect the health and safety of the public and fire personnel. The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (FIRE) program, created in 2001, helps fire departments and emergency responders purchase equipment, protective gear, and emergency vehicles and provide training and necessary resources. The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program, created in 2003, provides funding to support the hiring, rehiring, or retention of firefighters.  This year, I joined a letter to the House Appropriations Committee urging full funding of the FIRE and SAFER programs for FY2017. Our communities regularly receive these important grants.

 

Byrne/JAG

The Byrne/Justice Assistance Grant Program is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to state and local police departments to support a range of program areas including prosecution and courts, crime prevention and education, domestic violence response programs, drug treatment and enforcement, technology improvement, and crime victim and witness initiatives.  At least 75 cents of every dollar goes to local sheriff and police departments.

This year, I joined a letter to the House Appropriations Committee urging full funding of the Byrne/JAG program for FY2014. The letter expressed concern that diminished budgets have forced departments to make difficult sacrifices, underscoring the need to help them be fully staffed and have the best crime-fighting technology.

(Updated October 2017)