In addition, within the DOJ, the president is seeking to create a $600 million justice assistance grant program, which could provide assistance to many of the programs across the nation currently receiving Byrne and LLEBG
Second, the administration would consolidate the Byrne and LLEBG
programs into one $800 million Justice Assistance Grants (JAG) program.
NLC continues to have concerns with Congress' efforts to cut the LLEBG
3036 merges the LLEBG
, the Byrne Formula Grant program and the Byrne Discretionary Grant program into one new "Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program"--a move traditionally opposed by the National League of Cities (NLC).
The Budget proposal again calls for the creation of a new Justice Assistance Grants (JAG) program that would combine the LLEBG
program with other state grant programs.
Reduction in police forces due to budget cuts and the loss of federally funded programs such as Community Oriented Policing (COPS) and Local Law Enforcement Block Grants (LLEBG
) are making public safety more difficult for cities to maintain, according to the recent National League of Cities Curfew Survey.
* Public Safety--reauthorization of and continued funding for programs that enhance local public safety efforts including the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and Local Law Enforcement Block Grant (LLEBG
) programs and bills dealing with gun safety, drug control and fighting gang violence.
Funding for certain local programs will be decided in the omnibus, such as Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant (LLEBG
), Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) and juvenile justice programs.
NLC is asking members to contact their senators immediately, and urge them to help restore funding for the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant (LLEBG
) and Community Oriented Policing Services Program (COPS), as part of the Fiscal Year 2004 spending bill for the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State.
The bill includes funding for the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program and the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant (LLEBG
is funded at $400 million and the Byrne Grant program--a state grant program that that distributes sub-grants to local governments--is funded at $615 million.
In a partial victory, cities salvaged for this year both the Community Policing program (COPS) and the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant (LLEBG
) from President Bush's request for their elimination in his 2003 Budget Request.