PATERSON, NJ- When the federal government failed to disburse funds to local law enforcement agencies that had been awarded Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants (Byrne JAG) and Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program Grants in 2017, Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ 09) led his colleagues in signing a letter to President Trump outlining the importance of the programs.

Less than two months later, Pascrell is once again speaking out, this time against a proposal to eliminate the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office and cut nearly 50 percent of the funding to the COPS Hiring Program in the recently introduced FY 2019 Budget.

“Eliminating the COPS Office and slashing funding for the COPS Hiring Program grants in half is an odd way for President Trump to show support for the brave men and women in blue who rely on the office and grants to keep our neighborhoods safe,” Rep. Pascrell said in a statement on Monday. “Thankfully I know there is little appetite for these cuts in the House of Representatives because 135 members signed a letter I led with Rep. Dave Reichert to highlight the importance of keeping the COPS Office independent and the programs they administer funded. I will fight these cuts tooth and nail to ensure they do not happen.”

The text of the complete letter is here.