The International Association of Chiefs of Police called proposed federal budget cuts by the Bush administration “devastating for local law enforcement agencies.” The IACP warned that the cuts could lead to increases in crime and less secure communities. “The proposed $1.1 billion in cuts continues the disturbing trend by both the Bush administration and Congress of significantly slashing the funding for critical state and local law enforcement assistance programs,” said IACP. The chiefs said the proposal brings the total cuts in federal aid to law enforcement to more than $2.3 billion since September 11, 2001.
Based on a preliminary analysis of the proposed FY 2007 budget, which was released by the White House today, what IACP called some of the most successful anticrime programs are again on the chopping block, including the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program, the Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program at the Department of Justice, and the Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program (LETPP) at the Department of Homeland Security. The chiefs said the White House would cut funding for the COPS program by 78 percent (a reduction of $376 million) and completely eliminated the JAG Program ($416 million) and the LETPP program (a cut of $400 million) in fiscal year 2007.