The Trump administration is planning to cut $200 million in federal grants to cities and towns that have increased their enforcement efforts against violent crimes, including “tough on crime” policies.
The Trump administration has proposed a $200 billion budget that includes $200,000 for a “Tough on Crime” grant to communities that are “working to protect and enhance our communities, while working to ensure the safety of the communities they serve,” according to a memo released Thursday.
The memo was sent to all departments and agencies, which includes the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, and is available for review.
The department would also reduce funding to the Community Oriented Policing Services program, which was established in 2012 to provide support to law enforcement agencies nationwide.
The memo states the Community Action Grant Program was funded by the federal government in 2008 and expires on March 31, 2020.
Community Action Grants are awarded to local police agencies to help with hiring, training, equipment purchases and other resources for their operations.
They are administered by the U.S. Department of Justice.
The Community Action Grants program is part of the $600 billion Justice Department Community Orient Policing Fund that has been used to hire more than 5,300 officers nationwide.