Proposed federal aid cuts have police in Frederick, Md., bracing for reductions in staff and services at a time when antiterrorism efforts have stretched their budget and staff, says the Washington Post. The city has relied heavily on federal programs to beef up its community policing force and to train officers for homeland security. The Bush administration’s $1 billion budget-cut proposal means police must do more with less.
With the help of the federal Community Oriented Policing Services program, Frederick has been able to hire 40 officers over the past decade. Bush’s proposed 2006 budget would kill or slash funding to 154 law enforcement programs. The administration estimates the cuts would save $15.3 billion. “There’s some indication that some of these funds might be restored — but it’s unclear to what level,” said Gene Voegtlin of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.