New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has called on the federal government to give the resources needed for law enforcement officers to be “partners and protectors” in the communities they serve.
Attorney General Merrick Garland and President Joe Biden met with New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday to explore how federal, state and local law enforcement agencies can work together to promptly remove shooters from the streets and reduce gun violence.
Pesident Joe Biden praised the NYPD and their families at the occasion.
As Biden put it, “you worry about getting a phone call every time you pin that shield on and walk out the door — too many have gotten the phone call lately.” Six members of the New York City Police Department have been killed by gunfire so far this year, out of an average of 316 shootings per day across the country.
In honor of NYPD Detectives Jason Rivera and Wilbert Mora, who were fatally shot while responding to a domestic violence incident last month, President Biden visited New York City on Thursday. The event drew thousands of uniformed police officers from across the country.
“Enough is enough because we know we can do something about this,” Biden remarked. “You know, Mayor Adams, we’re on the same page,” Mayor Adams replied.
“Leaving our streets is not the solution. Senator Biden went on to say, “That’s not the answer.” As a solution, “we must work together, police and the community, to develop trust and make us all safer.”
“Defunding the cops is not the answer,” he continued. Providing the resources, training, and financing necessary for you to become partners and protectors is the purpose of this program.
On that issue, President Biden reaffirmed, saying that they “are not about defunding.”
“We’re about paying and giving the additional services you need beyond someone with a gun strapped to their shoulder,” President Joe Biden stated. Mental health and social workers are in short supply in this country.” As a result, “we need more individuals who, when you’re called on these scenes and someone is going to jump from a roof, it’s not simply someone standing in front of a weapon—it is someone who also knows how to speak to people, talk them down.”
Government officials cannot expect police officers to accomplish every single solitary thing,” President Joe Biden said in an interview.
“It’s time to find community policing to protect and serve the community,” Biden added. “It ought to be done.”
An government led by President Joe Biden unveiled a plan to restrict the flow of firearms, strengthen law enforcement, and expand financing for community policing on Thursday morning.
The strategy builds on steps announced by President Trump in June 2021 to stop the flow of firearms used in violent crime, support local law enforcement with federal tools and resources for combating violent crime, invest in evidence-based community violence interventions, expand summer programming and offer employment opportunities and other services and support for teenagers and young adults; and promote a culture of nonviolence in schools.
“Increase resources committed to district-specific violent crime strategies” is part of a new direction from the Justice Department that has been issued to every U.S. attorney’s office nationwide.
Justice Department will work together with state and local law enforcement to address “the most significant sources of violence in each district,” including removing “serial gun violence offenders from our streets,” according to a senior administration official
It is believed that the Justice Department will also “crack down,” referring to the illicit flow of guns from the South that are carried up the East Coast and recovered at crime scenes in Baltimore to New York City.
There will also be a “National Ghost Gun Enforcement Initiative” launched by the DOJ, which officials claim will “train and disseminate investigation and prosecution tools to help pursue charges against people who utilize ghost weapons to commit crimes.” authorities said.
As a first step, the Biden administration last year focused on “ghost guns” and modified firearms, which are handcrafted rifles that lack serial numbers and are difficult for law enforcement to track down.
For cities and states, the American Rescue Plan will provide “historic levels of funding” to help them hire more police officers and invest in community-based violence prevention and intervention programs. According to the White House, President Joe Biden is “committed to serving as a strong partner for communities on the front lines of the fight against crime.”
According to Biden’s Thursday request for a bipartisan budget compromise, the FY22 appropriations plan includes $500 million in new financing for “proven techniques” that authorities believe “they know will cut gun crime.”
The plan includes a $300 million boost in the COPS Hiring Program and $200 million in evidence-based community violence initiatives.