Washington, DC - Representative Gene Green today voted in support of H.R. 1139, the COPS Improvements Act of 2009. Thislegislation provides resources for an additional 50,000 police officers to be added at law enforcement agencies across the nation. The COPS Improvements Act of was approved by the House of Representatives with a vote of 342-78, and will now be sent to the Senate for their consideration.
“Our current economy has caused cutbacks in state and local funding in all areas, including law enforcement,” said Green. “This legislation will fund critical programs across the nation that combat gun and drug trafficking, reduce gang violence, perform homeland security duties, and affect all of our communities.”
Created in 1994 under the Clinton Administration, the COPS hiring grants program was enormously successful – helping local law enforcement agencies to hire 117,000 additional police officers. Between 1995 and 2005, COPS hiring grants provided $9 billion to help local law enforcement agencies hire more than 117,000 additional police officers, spread across every state. Unfortunately, the GOP-led Congress sharply reduced the funding for the COPS hiring grants – eliminating funding entirely in FY 2006 and FY 2007
“Crime has also risen as a result of the struggling economy and now is not the time to cut back on new hires, essential programs, and training,” said Green. “This federal support for law enforcement will be a positive step towards protecting our neighborhoods, creating jobs, and will begin rebuilding our local economies.”
It is estimated that over 2,500 additional law enforcement officials will be hired in Texas.