Biden to announce $10 billion US bailout for police and public safety

Biden is scheduled to meet with mayors and police chiefs at the White House on Friday.

President Joe Biden will announce on Friday that $10 billion of the US bailout has been committed to policing and public safety across the United States

“A very big part of what we’re talking about today is the fact that state and local government have already committed at least $6.5 billion to various forms of public safety, CVI [Community Violence Intervention]to prevent layoffs of police officers and vital services, and to add necessary equipment,” senior administration officials said in a call with reporters Thursday night.

Biden is expected to meet with mayors and police chiefs at the White House on Friday and highlight those investments during remarks from the Rose Garden at 3 p.m. ET.

These funds show what was reported by cities through the end of 2021. The COVID-19 Relief Act provided $350 billion for state and local governments to reduce violence.

A senior administration official said Biden wanted to call on communities to use these funds “now” because “we are approaching another summer and want to emphasize the priority of using these dollars for public safety and the prevention of violence”.

Ahead of Biden’s meeting today, the White House highlighted how cities are using ARP funds to boost police budgets and protect communities.

This includes Houston, where the city’s $52 million plan allocates $32 million to mental health, domestic violence response and victim service efforts, as well as $11 million in overtime from police, $3 million for a new community violence prevention and intervention program and $1 million for a gun buy-back initiative.

Kansas City, Missouri, was able to hire up to 150 police officers and increase the salaries of officers and civilian staff using ARP funds. The city has also earmarked $12.4 million for its violent crime division.

In Detroit, the city began using ARP funds in July 2021 and continued to expand public safety initiatives in its $110 million plan, according to the White House, including $30 million for enhanced police patrols, $12 million for community-based gun violence prevention programs, and $11 million for expanded mental health co-response.

Cities like Tulsa, Oklahoma and Baton Rouge, Louisiana have respectively invested funds in new police equipment and cars.

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