A bipartisan bill co-sponsored by Rep. Young Kim, (R-CA) would nearly triple funding to the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) on the Beat Grant Program Reauthorization and Parity Act. The bill would boost funding from $386 for fiscal year 2022 to $1 billion in 2023.
The promised support for law enforcement comes as California is seeing sky high crime rates and decreasing penalties for theft in Los Angeles County.
“Our local law enforcement officers put themselves in harm’s way each day to keep our communities safe,” Kim said, “and the COPS grant program directly funds the training, hiring and salaries of many police departments.”
The Public Policy Institute of California tabulated homicides soared in California from 1,658 in 2019 to 2,161 in 2020. In just one year, homicides increased 30.3 percent in the state alone.
A new PPIC report found “the troubling increase in homicides that we saw in 2020 appears to continue,”. In California’s major cities, homicides increased 17 percent. There were similar increases in robberies and other crimes, most notoriously the “smash and grab” gang robberies of department stores.
“I am proud to join bipartisan efforts to support local law enforcement and ensure they have the training and resources to meet our communities’ needs,” Kim said. “I will always be a strong, loud voice for the brave men and women of our law enforcement in Congress.”