President Obama’s attorney general, Loretta Lynch, had encouraged federal funding to be provided to local law enforcement agencies as a way to maintain racial and gender equality in the criminal justice system. And after a meeting between President Donald Trump and top law enforcement officials on Friday, the Justice Department seems to have followed through on Lynch’s suggestion, providing funding for almost the full $147 million request it had made earlier this year.
The announcement, which was timed ahead of the holidays, notes that the funding will be provided for capital purchases, such as purchases of patrol vehicles and equipment like ammunition, as well as to support hiring new officers as well as for training and development programs. According to Cbs News, the funds will supplement state and local governments’ efforts to hire more officers. Lynch commended the efforts of DOJ’s partners in law enforcement, and noted that it was important to support efforts to keep residents safe during a time when national anxiety over violent crime is widespread.
“I want to commend Attorney General Sessions and my former colleagues on the Department of Justice for this important partnership with the Department of State,” Lynch said in a statement. “It reflects the strong foundation that President Trump has laid in place and recognizes that strengthening the relationship between law enforcement and community members is essential to improving public safety and combating crime and violent crime.”
Earlier this month, a separate act of federal funding also released funds to help fund hiring in police departments across the nation. This act, according to The Washington Post, will “help police departments in all 50 states with such things as equipment and training, as well as places that have a higher crime rate.”
According to the Post, the cost of providing this funding to law enforcement across the nation came to an estimated $1.4 billion.
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