Letter to Senator Feinstein in support of S. 231

03/09/2007

7 March 2007

The Honorable Dianne Feinstein
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Senator Feinstein,

I am writing on behalf of the membership to advise you of our strong support for your legislation, S. 231, which will reauthorize the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) program at its FY2006 funding level—­$1.1 billion—­through 2012.

The Byrne JAG program provides State and local law enforcement agencies the tools and resources they needed to investigate and prosecute criminals, getting them off the streets and making our streets and neighborhoods safer places to live. Last year Congress rejected an attempt to eliminate the program, but drastically reduced its funding. In fact, direct funding to State and local law enforcement has fallen significantly over the passed five (5) years, which has led to the first increase in violent crime in the United States in more than fifteen (15) years.

We need to reverse this increase before it becomes a trend and, in order to do that, State and local law enforcement agencies need access to the Federal resources that gave our nation historically low rates of violent crime. The law enforcement community is unanimous in its support for this program and its approach to fighting crime and we strongly support your efforts to reauthorize Byrne JAG at an appropriate funding level.

On behalf of the more than 325,000 members of the Fraternal Order of Police, I want to thank you for your leadership and support for the Byrne JAG program and I look forward to working with you and your staff to get the bill passed. If I can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me or Executive Director Jim Pasco in my Washington office.

Sincerely,

Chuck Canterbury
National President