WASHINGTON (AP) - The House today could boost a plan for 50,000
more police officers.
The community policing program is making a comeback in the Obama
administration after being created by President Bill Clinton.
President George W. Bush tried to curtail it.
The economic stimulus package enacted in February provided $1
billion to expand the Community Oriented Policing Services grant
program, known as COPS.
The House is likely to pass a bill approving additional money
for 50,000 new beat cops nationwide over the next five years.
In recent years Congress has provided funds for equipment and
technology grants, but has approved almost no money for new hiring.
Supporters cite the overall drop in crime rates in the 1990s,
when departments were hiring new officers under the program.