Along with providing federal grants to promote hiring, the legislation increases penalties for assaulting officers, creates programs to protect the privacy of legal authorities including prosecutors and officers, extends concealed carry rights to federal judges and prosecutors, and more. The efforts are in response to recent police budget cuts, an increase in retiring officers, and a lack of new applicants.
Hawley’s legislation seeks to boost police morale, writing, “As violent crime continues to plague the country, communities and law enforcement officers are under siege.” Furthermore, calls to defund the police have led to anti-police rhetoric that emerged after the death of George Floyd led to violent demonstrations against officers.
“American families aren’t safe, but they deserve to be. And they can be if we will act. This is not the time to defund the police or vilify them, but to support the brave men and women in blue – and put more of them on the streets. Immediately,” said Senator Hawley.
ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO
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