Cuellar introduces legislation to increase pay and hiring of rural law enforcement officers | texasinsider

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‘. . . Adequate training, fair salaries and an efficient number of staff. Especially near the border, my district is always looking to improve security for the benefit of our constituents. “

Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28), along with 11 of his colleagues, today introduced the bipartisan Community Oriented Policing (COPS) Program Reauthorization and Parity Act of 2022 Beat Grant to Increase Pay and Hire for Law Enforcement Officers.

The legislation reauthorizes the COPS on the Beat Grant program for the next 10 years, expands access to COPS grants to rural communities, allows COPS grants to be used to increase the salaries of agents in low-income communities, and creates a Autonomous COPS. office within the United States Department of Justice.

The COPS on the Beat Grant program previously endowed with $386 million in FY21. This legislation increases the authority to $1,047,119,000 for FY22.

This legislation also requires the U.S. Government Accountability Office to file a program midterm report and conclusion to determine:

  • How representative are law enforcement agencies of their communities?
  • The percentage that lives in the jurisdiction served;
  • Average salary in relation to the cost of living of the jurisdiction; and
  • Legislative and administrative recommendations to improve these data points


“Our rural communities deserve high-quality law enforcement programs, just like our urban neighborhoods. This means proper training, fair wages and an efficient number of employees. Especially near the border, my district is always looking to improve security for the benefit of our constituents,”
said Congressman Cuellar.“As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, I will continue to ensure that our men and women in blue have the resources necessary to protect our communities.”

The bill is co-sponsored by Representatives Tom Rice (R-SC), Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), Jared Golden (D-ME), John Katko (R-NY), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Burgess Owens (R-UT), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), Steve Chabot (R-OH), Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Young Kim (R-CA) and Ron Kind (D-WI).

About the COPS office:

The Office of Community Oriented Policing (Bureau of Community Oriented Policing) is the component of the United States Department of Justice responsible for advancing the practice of community policing by state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies. of the country through information and grants.

Community policing begins with a commitment to building trust and mutual respect between police and communities. It is essential to public safety, ensuring that all stakeholders work together to address our country’s crime challenges. When police and communities work together, they more effectively address underlying issues, change negative behaviors and allocate resources.

The COPS office provides grants to hire community policing professionals, develop and test innovative policing strategies, and provide training and technical assistance to community members, local government leaders, and at all levels of enforcement of the law. Since 1994, the PSC Office has invested more than $14 billion to help advance community policing.

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