Support for Continued Byrne Grants Funding

Support for Continued Byrne Grants Funding

Resolution

WHEREAS, federal programs designed to assist state and local law enforcement agencies have played a vital role in reducing the nation’s crime rate; and

WHEREAS, state and local law enforcement agencies are on the front lines in confronting the most powerful and sophisticated organized crime groups ever to challenge domestic law enforcement agencies, the international drug trafficking organizations; and

WHEREAS, the problems presented by the unprecedented flow of drugs into this country by these international criminal syndicates are reflected in increased drug usage and drug-related crime in many areas of the United States, particularly mid-size and smaller cities and rural areas; and

WHEREAS, the 1998 Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring (ADAM) report of the National Institute of Justice, reflecting the presence of illegal drugs in the system of persons arrested for criminal acts in 35 communities throughout the United States, continues to show that virtually two-thirds of all arrestees have used some form of illegal drug at the time they commit their crime; and

WHEREAS, at the National Mid-Sized Communities Conference hosted by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in February 1999, 80% of the law enforcement attendees stated that drug trafficking in their communities had either increased or increased significantly in the last five years and that drug-related crime accounted for 54% of all violent crime in their communities; and

WHEREAS, the attendees at the above-stated conference reported that 95% of drug trafficking activities in their jurisdictions are generated by people from outside their community, with 60% reporting that drug trafficking in their communities is linked to international criminal organizations based in Colombia and Mexico; and

WHEREAS, the Byrne Funding Program has proven itself an invaluable resource for cooperative federal, state and local anti-crime policing strategies, such as multi-jurisdictional drug task forces and DARE training, all of which are critical to state and local law enforcement response to the drug threat; now therefore be it

RESOLVED, that the International Association of Chiefs of Police duly assembled at its 106th Annual Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, strongly urges Congress to maintain current funding levels for the Byrne Memorial Grant Program by fully appropriating amounts specified in Title XXI of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994.

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