Rep. Ted Budd Introduces the Community Policing Act

Washington, D.C. -- Today, Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) introduced the Community Policing Act, which establishes a five-year grant program for local police departments that focuses on increased de-escalation training and community outreach programs to strengthen the relationship between police officers and citizens.

He was joined by Reps. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) and John Curtis (R-UT).

Full legislative text of the bill is HERE

Rep. Budd said in a statement:

“Wholesale defunding of the police is not the answer to the issues raised by George Floyd’s killing. The solution lies in training better cops and increasing engagement between the local community and those sworn to protect it. This bill will award local police departments with additional federal funding if they train their officers in de-escalation tactics and follow that up with active community engagement. I will push for these proposals to be included in any police reform packages in the House or Senate.”

Rep. Bilirakis said:

“Some of the most successful law enforcement outcomes have occurred as a result of effective community policing strategies through which law enforcement officers are embedded in the communities they serve, building relationships and trust between the police and the community.  I want to ensure we are strengthening support of our law enforcement community by expanding opportunities for these best practices which is why I am happy to join as an original co-sponsor of this important legislation.”

Rep. Curtis said:

“Recent events clearly show that more can be done to build trust between police officers and the communities they serve. Community outreach programs help build necessary relationships between law enforcement and communities that keep both citizens and officers safe. I am proud to be an original supporter of the Community Policing Act, legislation that will help bridge these divides by expanding de-escalation training at the local level.”

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