IACP ACTION ALERT! SUPPORT BYRNE-JAG FUNDING

IACP ACTION ALERT! CALL HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TODAY TO SUPPORT BYRNE-JAG FUNDING

Tell your Representatives to include $490 million in Byrne-JAG funds in the Emergency Supplemental Legislation. Both the House of Representatives and the Senate recently introduced the 2nd Emergency Supplemental Legislation of this year. While the Senate version includes $490 million for Byrne-JAG funds for FY 2008, the House version does not. The IACP is asking members to CALL their Representatives TODAY to include Byrne-JAG funds in the final version. Here are some helpful talking points when talking to your Representatives: · I urge the House of Representatives to include the $490 million in funds for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (Byrne-JAG) in the 2nd Emergency Supplemental Legislation. These funds are currently included in the Senate introduced version. · The Byrne-JAG Program has helped my community by: [share how your department/ municipality has used Byrne-JAG funds]. · The Byrne-JAG Program is a highly successful program that enjoys broad support within the law enforcement community because of its proven record in helping law enforcement agencies to fight crime effectively. · Byrne-JAG provides critical funds that assist states and units of local government in controlling and preventing drug abuse, crime, and violence, and in improving the criminal justice system. · In FY 2008, Byrne-JAG funds were cut by 68 percent. If a funding cut of this magnitude is sustained, it could severely reduce, if not cripple, the ability of law enforcement agencies to protect their communities from crime and violence. · As Congress moves forward with the supplemental process, I urge you to take the steps necessary to ensure that vital state, tribal, and local law enforcement assistance programs are fully funded. Click here for a House of Representatives directory: http://www.house.gov/house/MemStateSearch.shtml Contact your Representatives TODAY and tell them to support Byrne-JAG! Thank you for your attention to this important issue. Please feel free to contact Meredith Mays, IACP’s Legislative Representative.