12/15/2010 - The
federal government is now three months into the 2011 Fiscal Year
(FY2011). On Tuesday, December 14, 2010, the Senate Appropriations
Committee released the proposed FY2011 Appropriations Bill. This
bill will be a 1.1 trillion dollar spending measure that will
include 8 billion dollars in earmarks. It is unclear if this spending
bill has the necessary 60 votes it will need to clear the Senate.
Republicans favor a short term funding solution that maintains
government spending at the 2010 levels until February 2011. Republicans
will soon exercise control of the House of Representatives and
benefit from a stronger presence in the United States Senate.
This increase in influence will result in a stronger bargaining
position for the Republican Party to achieve their desired outcome.
United States Senate Committee
on Appropriations’ top priority to fund is “Keeping America
Safe from Terrorism and Violent Crime”. The Department
of Justice will receive 29.9 billion dollars which is 1.6 billion
dollars more than currently allocated. This level of funding exceeds
the President’s budget request by 176.5 million dollars.
and local law enforcement will receive a total of 3.8 billion
dollars which is 115.5 million above the enacted level and 345
million above the President’s budget request for grants to aid
local and state law enforcement and crime victims. NAPO has worked
hard to secure funds for local law enforcement and educated Congress
on the importance of law enforcement programs.
Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS) program makes grants
to police departments across the United States. The money allocated
to this program totals 542 million dollars, which is a decrease
from the $792 million dollars provided in FY2010.
COPS allocation breaks down into several subcategories. COPS Hiring
for FY2011 was 363 million dollars, an adjustment from the 298
million dollars from FY2010. Although COPS Hiring
appears to benefit from an increase in funding, the money allocated
in FY2010 does not take into account stimulus funds. The 363 million
dollars will hire or retain approximately 1,500 police officers.
Below is a breakdown of line-by-line COPS funds:
· $30,000,000 – improving Tribal Law
Enforcement (hiring, equipment, training, and anti-methamphetamine
grant program (assist state and local law enforcement to locate,
arrest and prosecute child sexual predators and exploiters, and
to enforce sex offender registration laws)
· $15,000,000 – secure our schools
· $363,000,000 – hiring and rehiring
of additional career law enforcement officers (up to $30,000,000
is available for hiring or rehiring officers who will be assigned
to internet crimes against children task force, $26,000,000 is
for community policing development activities)
· $17,185,000– is for grants to address
public safety and methamphetamine manufacturing, sale, and use
in hot spots as authorized
· $98,885,000– law enforcement technologies
and interoperable communications program and related law enforcement
and public safety equipment
Byrne Justice Assistance Grants Program (Byrne JAG), a state formula
grant used to assist local law enforcement, will receive 519 million
dollars. Another 506 million dollars will go towards Juvenile
Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 449 million will go to Prevent
Violence Against Women and 363 million
dollars will go to Prevent, Investigate and Prosecute Crimes Against
national tone is calling for reduced spending and Washington will
begin to make cuts. NAPO knows that crime will not
reduce itself without the proper funding for equipment
and additional personnel for law enforcement. We will work to
educate members of Congress on the importance of adequate funding.