H.R. 1700: the COPS Reauthorization Act

May 15, 2007

On Tuesday May 15th, the House considered H.R. 1700: the COPS Reauthorization Act. This legislation strengthens the successful COPS program by authorizing $1.15 billion a year for six years, including $600 million annually in grants to communities to hire police officers. The bill also authorizes funding to localities for additional community prosecutors and for upgrading law enforcement technology.

The COPS program was created in 1994 by President Clinton. Over the years this initiative has helped communities hire an additional 117,000 police officers. In recent years, under a Republican-led Congress and White House, funding for COPS hiring grants diminished dramatically and was virtually eliminated in the last couple of years.

This legislation demonstrates the new Congress' determination to reverse that decline and makes the COPS program a priority. I voted YES.


Contact: Alison M. Mills (617) 621-6208