REP. MALONEY JOINS PRESIDENT AS HE ANNOUNCES $120 MILLION GRANT TO PUT 1,600 MORE POLICE ON NEW YORK CITY STREETS
Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney joined President Clinton, Mayor Giuliani and Commissioner Safir today at JFK Airport as the President announced that New York City will receive a $120 million Justice Department grant to fund 1,600 additional police officers. Today's announcement is part of the President's COPS Initiative, which has funded more than 70,000 police officers in communities across the country.
"Nowhere in the country has President Clinton's COPS program made a bigger difference than here in New York City," declared Rep. Maloney. "Since the passage of the 1994 Crime Act, our city has become a national model of crime prevention. We've received $400 million in federal funds to hire and deploy 5,800 police officers. These officers have led to a dramatic drop in our crime rate over the past four years."
Crime in New York City has declined by an estimated 44% and murder has dropped by 61%. National crime rates have plummeted for five years in a row to their lowest levels in 25 years. Since 1993, violent crime has dropped 16% and the murder rate has declined by more than 20%.
"Community policing is the key to decreasing crime rates," said Maloney. "The 1994 Crime Act has broadened community policing and made our streets much safer. People can sense the difference when they see more cops walking the beat. Mayor Giuliani summed it up when he said that New York's decrease in crime could not have happened without the President's Crime Bill."
The goal of the President's COPS Initiative -- to put 100,000 more police on our nation's streets and to expand community policing, is a protected priority in the 1997 Balanced Budget Agreement.