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President Joe Biden has taken the first step to increase the budget of the Community Oriented Policing Program, which helps localities implement community-based policing practices that seek to address the potential for crime.
In his fiscal year 2022 budget request, released in May, Biden asked for $651 million, an increase of $265 million.
The budget proposal seeks an increase of $300 million for the COPS Hiring Program to help hire more law enforcement professionals. (The net increase would be $265 million because $35 million would be cut elsewhere.)
The additional money would include:
• $53 million for school violence prevention
• $46 million for tribal programs
• $8 million for law enforcement mental health and wellness;
• $15 million for anti-methamphetamine task forces
• $35 million for anti-heroin task forces
There is no guarantee that Congress will go along with the levels laid out in Biden's budget proposal; spending legislation will take months to determine. In addition, the $265 million increase is a bit less than the $300 million increase Biden proposed during the campaign.
Still, it's a significant down payment on Biden's campaign promise, so we rate the promise In the Works.
Department of Justice, "FY 2022 President's Budget Request, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services," May 27, 2021
Department of Justice, "Organization, Mission and Functions Manual: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services," accessed June 9, 2021