Washington D.C. — Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter voted to keep the streets of New Hampshire safe by supporting the COPS Improvement Act (H.R. 1139). This legislation, which calls for putting an additional 50,000 police officers on our streets over the next 5 years, adds more than 200 cops for New Hampshire. The bill, which authorizes $350 million a year for COPS technology grants and $200 million a year for hiring community prosecutors, will now be considered by the Senate.
“The safety of our citizens is something that can never be compromised,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “Putting more police officers on the streets will help New Hampshire maintain its status as the safest state in the country.”
The COPS program was originally created in 1994 and helped local law enforcement agencies to hire 117,000 additional police officers between 1995 and 2005. Within that time period, the U.S. experienced a significant drop in crime rates – and independent studies confirm that COPS hiring grants helped contribute to this reduced crime. In the 110th Congress, the House passed a somewhat similar bill (H.R. 1700), but the Senate did not act upon it. The COPS Improvement Act of the 111th Congress will once again be referred to the Senate.