Executive Committee Adopts Resolution Urging Full Funding of Law Enforcement Assistance Programs

Law Enforcement Assistance Funding WHEREAS, state, local, tribal and university law enforcement agencies have the primary responsibility for protecting the citizens of the United States from crime and violence and also play a vital and indispensable role in the investigation, prevention and response to terrorist attacks; and WHEREAS, ensuring that our nation’s law enforcement agencies have the resources they need to successfully complete their mission is an issue that is, and should remain, separate and apart from partisan politics; and, WHEREAS, the funds provided by law enforcement assistance programs administered by the Department of Justice, such as the Community Oriented Policing Services program, the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant Program and the Byrne Grant Program have allowed state, local, tribal and university law enforcement agencies to increase their core capabilities and improve their overall effectiveness; and WHEREAS, the funds provided by the State Homeland Security Grant Program and other terrorism prevention programs that are administered by the Department of Homeland Security allow law enforcement to expand their capabilities and assist them in preparing to prevent and respond to future terrorist attacks; and. WHEREAS, the funds provided by these programs play a critical role in ensuring that state and local law enforcement agencies can meet the dual responsibilities of protecting our communities from crime and combating the menace of terrorism in our homeland, and WHEREAS, the proposed FY 2005 Budget contains significant reductions in many state and local law enforcement assistance programs at both the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security; and WHEREAS, many state, local, tribal and university law enforcement agencies are already facing financial difficulties that are hindering their ability to fulfill their traditional responsibilities, much less carry out the additional homeland security duties they have been asked to assume by federal, state and local officials; and, WHEREAS, failure to fund these assistance programs could significantly reduce the effectiveness of state, local, tribal and university law enforcement agencies and weaken their ability to combat both traditional crime and terrorism and protect the communities they serve; now, therefore be it RESOLVED, that the International Association of Chiefs of Police believes that at this crucial time in our history, we cannot afford to reduce the effectiveness of our nation’s state and local law enforcement agencies and, be it FURTHER RESOLVED, that the International Association of Chiefs of Police believes that the proposed FY 2005 Budget underfunds the nation’s state, local, tribal and university law enforcement agencies, thereby potentially weakening their ability to fulfill their mission of protecting their communities and the citizens they serve; and, be it FURTHER RESOLVED, that the International Association of Chiefs of Police urges all Members of Congress to support efforts that will ensure that critical law enforcement programs are funded at level sufficient to meet the critical and pressing needs of the law enforcement community.

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