New York City will receive no money from a federal program to help cities hire more police officers, marking a second year in a row the Obama administration has denied such funds to the nation’s largest police force, the Wall Street Journal reports. Other cities won big as the Justice Department announced $298 million in aid: Sacramento County got more than $21 million, Chattanooga, received $4 million, and metropolitan Miami got $12 million.
New York was rejected based on a formula that gives out funds based on the crime rate, the city’s fiscal health, and community-policing activity. “This formula makes absolutely no sense and punishing New York City and other municipalities for their success in keeping crime down and people safe sends the wrong message to law enforcement agencies,” said Sen. Charles Schumer. Other big cities that did not get money included Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boston. Gilbert Moore, a spokesman for the Justice Department’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program, said, “Those agencies that had the highest overall score, which denotes the most significant crime and fiscal health issues, are the ones that received the funding.