EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- U.S. Representative Ron Kind is looking to restore funding for a program that helps law enforcement with several tasks.
The Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Program would be cut under President Trump’s proposed budget.
The funds through the program go to the training and hiring of new officers, outreach to community members, and much more. Kind says the program is something police and sheriff's departments need in order to be able to continue to do the things they do for their communities.
Local law enforcement agencies say the COPS program hasn’t affected them locally for years, but they say the program does help law enforcement agencies across the state and nation.
Representative Kind says the program has resulted in $1.4 million in funding in Wisconsin’s Third Congressional District since 2010. Kind says without the federal funding, law enforcement agencies throughout the state might have to make sacrifices within their departments.
“If these cuts go through, they’re going to have to make some tough personnel choices; first, not hiring and whether or not you can retain many of the officers that were brought on board. I would hate to see that given the challenges that they face right now. These are very valuable funds that enable them to hire more police officers given the tight budgets that they have. I would hope we could be smarter when it comes to budget cuts and make sure that we’re not cutting programs that have proved their effectiveness throughout the years.”
Representative Kind says he plans on doing everything in his power to make sure the COPS program doesn’t get eliminated.