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Rep. Young Kim Pushes to Support Local Law Enforcement

Jan 16, 2024 | Economy, Press Releases

Washington, DC – Last week, U.S. Representative Young Kim (CA-40) joined Reps. Nick LaLota (NY-01), Abigail Spanberger (VA-07), and Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (WA-03) to introduce the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) on the Beat Grant Program Reauthorization and Parity Act (H.R. 6973). 

This bipartisan bill reauthorizes and improves the COPS on the Beat Grants Program, which directly assists local law enforcement agencies to hire law enforcement officers and help with community policing and training. 

“The brave men and women of our local law enforcement run into harm’s way every day to protect our communities. The COPS on the Beat grant program is vital to their mission and directly funds the hiring, training, and salaries of local police departments across the country and in my district,” said Rep. Kim. “I am proud to support this important program to ensure our local law enforcement has the team, tools, and training needed to meet our communities’ needs. I will always be a loud voice in support of our law enforcement in Congress.” 

“Passage of the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) on the Beat Grant Program Reauthorization and Parity Act is critical to helping law enforcement agencies across the country fulfill the mission to keep our communities safe.  Notably this is the first reauthorization to permanently codify the COPS Office into law.  This step will ensure America’s peace officers continue to benefit from resources that assist in our efforts to stay well trained and prepared to meet current and future threats to public safety,” said Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes. 

“The COPS on the Beat Grant Program has always provided law enforcement agencies with additional resources to recruit, hire, and train the men and women in law enforcement so they are best prepared to serve their communities.  Funding for the COPS Grant Program has helped the Anaheim Police Department strengthen relationships with our community, invest in our personnel through hiring, training, and development, and implement innovative solutions to maintain Anaheim as a safe community to live, work, and play,” said Anaheim Police Department Chief Rick Armendariz. 

“The COPS Grant program is a critical source of innovative funding at the Orange Police Department. This allows us to acquire time-saving technologies, which we use to effectively investigate cases and reduce crime. Through the COPS Grant, we recruit and hire excellent police officers and professional staff who work directly with community engagement and crime prevention to keep our community safe,” said Orange Police Chief Dan Adams.

Rep. Kim was an original cosponsor of the COPS on the Beat Program Reauthorization and Parity Act (H.R. 6375), which was endorsed by the Problem Solvers Caucus, in the 117th Congress. 

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