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President Joe Biden has succeeded in boosting the budget of the Community Oriented Policing Program, which helps local jurisdictions address the potential for crime.
Biden sought $651 million for the program in his fiscal year 2022 budget request, which would have been a 69% increase of $265 million.
In Congress' final version of the bill, which Biden signed, the program received a smaller increase than Biden sought. The program ended up with $511 million for fiscal year 2022, a $125 million, or 32%, increase from fiscal year 2021.
In Biden's fiscal year 2023 budget request, he again sought $651 million for the program. Lawmakers are working out the details of a spending bill, so it remains to be seen whether lawmakers will completely fund what Biden asked for.
Biden hasn't yet reached the $300 million increase he had pledged on the campaign trail, but the program's funding has risen by a notable amount, and Congress has two years left to further boost it. This promise remains In the Works.
Congress.gov, "H.R. 2471 - Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022"
Justice Department, "FY 2023 President's Budget Request, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services," April 2022
Justice Department, "Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS) FY 2023 Budget Request At A Glance," accessed Dec. 14, 2022
Justice Department, "FY 2022 President's Budget Request, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services," May 27, 2021
Justice Department, "Organization, Mission and Functions Manual: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services," accessed June 9, 2021
President Joe Biden has taken the first step to increase the budget of the Community Oriented Policing Program, which helps localities implement community-based policing practices that seek to address the potential for crime.
In his fiscal year 2022 budget request, released in May, Biden asked for $651 million, an increase of $265 million.
The budget proposal seeks an increase of $300 million for the COPS Hiring Program to help hire more law enforcement professionals. (The net increase would be $265 million because $35 million would be cut elsewhere.)
The additional money would include:
• $53 million for school violence prevention
• $46 million for tribal programs
• $8 million for law enforcement mental health and wellness;
• $15 million for anti-methamphetamine task forces
• $35 million for anti-heroin task forces
There is no guarantee that Congress will go along with the levels laid out in Biden's budget proposal; spending legislation will take months to determine. In addition, the $265 million increase is a bit less than the $300 million increase Biden proposed during the campaign.
Still, it's a significant down payment on Biden's campaign promise, so we rate the promise In the Works.
Department of Justice, "FY 2022 President's Budget Request, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services," May 27, 2021
Department of Justice, "Organization, Mission and Functions Manual: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services," accessed June 9, 2021