US cities are funding police departments again: report

US cities are funding police departments again: report

WASHINGTON: A year after the movement to “defend” the US municipal budget, several US cities are funding their police departments again or proposing to increase spending, a media report said.
While New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would restore $92 million for a new campus after abandoning the project last summer, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott, who last year pledged to cut the police budget by $22 million had proposed, recently suggested $27 million. increase, Xinhua news agency reported.
The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that among the nation’s 20 largest local law-enforcement agencies, city and county leaders are looking to increase funding for nine of the 12 departments where next year’s budgets have already been proposed. have gone.
This increase ranges from 1 percent to about 6 percent.
“But city officials have found it difficult to keep police budgets low given the rise in crime over the past year, with homicide rates in the double digits in many cities,” the Journal said.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Quarterly Uniform Crime Report, in the last three months of 2020, there has been a 32.2 percent increase in homicides in cities with populations of at least one million.
Last year, the deferred movement coincided with a drop in tax revenue due to the Covid-19 shutdown.
With the pandemic fading away, many local governments now have more resources due to economic revival and federal stimulus dollars.

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