Biden Signs Bill Boosting Police Program Funding by 31%The Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Program will receive a 31 percent increase in funding from the newly signed Omnibus Spending Bill, alongside new grants for state and local law enforcement.
By Main Street Sentinel Staff
After months of negotiations, President Biden signed a new bill that will fund the federal government and provide a major boost to law enforcement across the country. According to reports, the Omnibus spending bill, which passed the Democratic led House and Senate, provides a 31 percent increase in funding for the Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Program. Since 1994, the COPS program has provided billions of dollars to help law enforcement agencies hire community policing officers.
COPS isn’t the only program slated to see an increase in funding: grants designed to help state and local law enforcement officials “prevent and respond to crime” will increase by 15 percent.
The bill will also offer an additional $100 million dollars to Customs and Border Patrol to hire new officers, while the Bureau of Prisons will receive $200 million dollars in new funding to “sustain and increase” hiring.
Earlier this month, President Biden drew praise from Republicans and Democrats for his pledge to “fund the police” during his first State of the Union, including a standing ovation from Vice President Kamala Harris and Speaker Nancy Pelosi.