Editor's note: U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-18th District) wrote the following letter to President Trump after the White House Transition Team proposed a budget that would eliminate the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). Maloney calls on President Trump to refrain from eliminating the COPS office, which funds state and local police departments for the hiring of new police officers, testing of new strategies, and acquisition of technology.
Dear President Trump:
I write in response to recent reports regarding your budget blueprint, which includes plans to eliminate the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). Eliminating this office would wipe out funding that has supported 13,000 law enforcement agencies and enabled them to hire 130,000 officers nationwide.
You campaigned on a promise to support our law enforcement, and even styled yourself as the “law and order” candidate. Gutting or eliminating the COPS office would be a direct violation of that promise and would make our communities more dangerous. Reducing the budget is a worthy goal, but robbing law enforcement agencies of critical resources is not the way to achieve it.
In my home district in the Hudson Valley, COPS investments have assisted local police departments hire 13 police officers who are currently serving in Middletown, Newburgh and Poughkeepsie. For businesses, families and communities throughout my Congressional District this means more cops on the beat and a decrease in violent crimes. But the benefits of the COPS office are not just felt in the 18 Congressional District of New York; they are evident across the country and date back more than 25 years.
The COPS office has been an instrumental partner in helping local law enforcement address the changing world of policing, and the impact of reducing its budget or eliminating its services would be significantly felt throughout the country. For these reasons, I implore you to reconsider the proposal released by your Transition Team and remain committed to backing the badge.