Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

President Clinton Announces Plan for More Police

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

President Clinton Announces Plan for More Police

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In a Rose Garden ceremony, President Clinton announced a new program that will "help distressed neighborhoods help themselves by providing them with desperately needed policing resources.

Localities struggling with crime difficulties, such as gangs and drugs, will soon receive more assistance from the federal government.

The initiative will provide 18 cities with $106 million in federal funds to hire over new 700 police officers. With mayors and officers attending from some of the nation's most troubled cities. He stated that these municipalities will be the primary focus of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS), which was created under the Justice Department by Clinton's 1994 Crime Act.

The federal grants will hire 738 total officers and pay their benefits over the next three years in cities that have not reduced crime rates as much as other municipalities since 1994.

Vice President Gore began the ceremony by extolling the virtues of the Clinton Administration's fight against crime.

The success of the COPS pro, gram, one of the Administration's major legislative issues in the 1994 bill, was cited as an example of an anti-crime achievement. He also discussed actions to limit the sales of assault weapons and and the "Three Strikes" policy against career criminals.

Working with mayors and community leaders, Gore claimed, the Administration has been able to decrease the national crime rate for the sixth year in a row. Since 1993, violent crimes have dropped by fifteen percent and murders have decreased by twenty-five percent, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

However, certain cities have not benefited from the COPS program as much as others. Although overall crime rates are decreasing across the country, select neighborhoods in many municipalities still deal with serious problems. …

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