State Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, R-47, Rome, has written a letter to President Joseph Biden and Congress urging for more federal funds for the Community Oriented Policing Services program.
The COPS program was established in 1994 with the passage of the Violent Criminal Control and Law Enforcement Act and is intended to enhance public safety through the implementation of community policing strategies. Griffo, R-47, Rome, said that COPS received upwards of $1 billion in funds throughout the 1990s, but the amount per year has decreased recently, with only $386 million earmarked for 2021. President Biden then increased the amount to $651 million for 2022, Griffo said.
In his letter, Griffo asked for the President and Congress to increase that amount going forward due to an increase in reported crimes across New York.