Sending Office: Honorable Bill Pascrell, Jr.
Sent By:
Dylan.Sodaro@mail.house.gov

Current Signers (50): Reps. Bordallo, Boyle, Capuano, Carson, Cicilline, Cohen, Comstock, Correa, Costa, DeFazio, Dingell, Doyle, Ellison, Frankel, Grijalva, Hanabusa, Heck, Higgins, Holmes Norton, Jackson Lee, Kaptur, Kennedy III, Kilmer,
Peter King, Kuster, Lance, Larsen, Lipinski, LoBiondo, Loebsack, Lowenthal, Lujan Grisham, MacArthur, Matsui, McNerney, Nadler, Napolitano, O’Halleran, Pallone, Jr., Panetta, Patrick Maloney, Payne, Jr., Quigley, Rosen, Roybal-Allard, Sherman, Slaughter, Titus,
Welch, and Don Young

Organizations Supporting: The Fraternal Order of Police, National Sheriffs Association, Major County Sheriffs’ Association, and U.S. Conference of Mayors

Dear Colleagues:

As co-chairs of the House Law Enforcement Caucus, we encourage you to join us in supporting the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) by signing the below letter to President Trump that urges strong support for robust funding for the
COPS Office in the President’s Fiscal Year 2019 Budget.

For over two decades, the COPS Office and its corresponding programs have provided invaluable resources and technical assistance to state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies to advance community policing efforts that have reduced crime
and made towns and cities across America safer. These additional resources and assistance have helped implement initiatives to develop and test innovative policing strategies and provide training to community members, local government leaders, and all levels
of law enforcement.

Should you want to sign onto the below letter or have any questions, please contact Dylan Sodaro in Representative Bill Pascrell’s office at
Dylan.Sodaro@mail.house.gov or Isaac Tobis in Representative Dave Reichert’s office at
Isaac.Tobis@mail.house.gov by
close of business January 26
.

Sincerely,

 

Bill Pascrell, Jr.                          Dave Reichert

Member of Congress                  Member of Congress

 

Letter Text

President Donald J. Trump

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Washington DC 20500

 

Dear President Trump:

In advance of your Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Budget, we write in strong support of robust funding for the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) within the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and the programs the office administers
on behalf of our nation’s law enforcement officers. Additionally, it is imperative the COPS Office remains an independent agency within the DOJ so that it may continue to support community policing efforts that build trust and mutual respect between law enforcement
officers and communities.

For over two decades, the COPS Office and its corresponding programs have provided invaluable resources and technical assistance to state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies to advance community policing efforts that have reduced crime
and made towns and cities across America safer. These additional resources and assistance have helped implement initiatives to develop and test innovative policing strategies and provide training to community members, local government leaders, and all levels
of law enforcement.

One of the most critical programs the COPS Office oversees is the Community Oriented Policing Services Hiring (COPS Hiring) Program which provides struggling communities with necessary funding to address their personnel needs to protect their citizens. Since
its inception, the COPS Hiring program has placed more than 129,000 officers in communities across the United States to advance policing and crime prevention efforts. Ensuring communities have the needed bodies on the street patrolling neighborhoods bolsters
their ability to effectively engage with their communities and proactively respond to individual community needs, instead of running from one crime to the next.

The COPS Office is also responsible for implementing legislation to improve the safety of law enforcement officers across our nation. For instance, the COPS Office is responsible for overseeing implementation of the Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National
Blue Alert Act (Public Law: 114-12). This law establishes a nationwide Blue Alert communications system to help disseminate information on serious injury or death of a law enforcement officer in the line of duty, an officer who is missing in connection with
the officer’s official duties, or an imminent and credible threat that an individual intends to cause the serious injury or death of a law enforcement officer.

Additionally, the COPS Office is responsible for overseeing implementation of the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (Public Law: 115-113), which was recently passed into law. This law will help law enforcement agencies create and improve mental
health services for law enforcement officers by allowing the COPS Office to make grants available to initiate peer mentoring pilot programs, develop training for mental health providers specific to law enforcement mental health needs, and support law enforcement
officers by studying the effectiveness of crisis hotlines and annual mental health checks.

These are just some examples of the responsibilities Congress has tasked the COPS Office with carrying out as a vital component of our nation’s homeland security. As the federal government continues to ask local cops to do more, we have a responsibility
to ensure they have the necessary tools and resources. That is why we were encouraged by your Administration’s FY18 budget request for the COPS Office that included an increase in funding. In your FY19 budget request we hope to again see a strong commitment
to the COPS Office because it remains one of the best ways to ensure law enforcement has the resources it needs.

Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter. We look forward to working with your Administration to ensure the COPS Office remains an independent agency within DOJ with robust funding to support community policing efforts across the country.

Sincerely,

 

 

CC:      Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III

            Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney

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