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Written by Mark Nichols   

We can't touch social security or defense spending but we have to balance the budget. That's the logic in Washington D.C. so get ready for another series of devastating cuts that will decrease public safety and reduce the quality of life for millions of Americans, especially cops. The latest target of the new Congress is the anything in the way of remaining aid to state or local law enforcement. Nevada's largest police organization protested a Republican plan to eliminate the COPS program grants completely.


According to a recent article in the The Las Vegas Review Journal, the Nevada Police Protective Association is putting the pressure on Reps. Joe Heck and Dean Heller on the proposed GOP move to slash the COPS program. Heck and Heller are both Republicans.

"The proposed cut to COPS would be devastating for the law enforcement community in Nevada and across the country," said Chris Collins, the president of the Las Vegas Police Protective Association, the largest law enforcement association in the state of Nevada.

"Congressmen Dean Heller and Joe Heck have an obligation to denounce these unacceptable cuts that jeopardize the safety and security of Nevadans across the state." Since the program was initiated during the Clinton administration, Collins said Nevada enforcement agencies have received $69.8 million in federal aid.

"COPS grants have funded 456 officers and sheriffs deputies, and allowed for the purchase of computers and communications equipment that allow officers to spend more time on the streets, Collins said. He went on to note that the grants have strengthened the ability of police officers from more than 61 local and state law enforcement agencies to work together to increase the safety of our residents as well as our tourists.

The House Appropriations Committee has outlined a partial list of 70 spending cuts to be written into a bill funding the government for the remainder of fiscal 2011. Among the listed cuts is a $600 million reduction in the COPS program that sends grants to local governments.

Public safety or not, if Barrack Obama requested funds for something, you can bet there will be a lot of folks trying to be first in line to repeal it. Since President Obama had requested $600 million for COPS in his fiscal year 2011 budget, the Republican move seeks to terminate the grants entirely.

"Our congressional delegation needs to stand together to reject this ill-advised proposal," Collins said.

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Police Officer AND tax payer
written by Jean, April 23, 2011
I have noticed that many of this papers articles seem to lean more and more towards the left with regards to unionization. I have been a police officer for almost ten years and ten years of private employment. I have a bit of taste of both sides. I favor union organization for police officers because of the job details, liability , policy violations etc. Treating officers fairly is important and unions do a good job of doing that. Tying pay and salaries to union contracts MUST take into consideration certain economic realities.

However, don't assume that I don't think that agencies have for years accepted state and federal aid in an effort to hire more officers knowing that the funding was only partially there. Let's not blame politicians who realize that our economy has become one big Ponzi scheme. Most of us would lock up a person running this kind of financing scam.

We all need to cut and it's going to hurt. That includes this officer also!
written by John, April 24, 2011
Interesting - the country is in one of the worst financial situations in it's history - spending is greater then it's ever been and Mark Nichols (and apparent union thug Collins) are worried about getting "our share"? What nonsense - what doesn't Mr. Nichols and Collins understand about overspending. Why is it a "federal" responsibility to pay for local law enforcement? I would hope like hell that where ever Obama want's to spend money that there would be a long line of responsible people who would take the stand to repeal it. WE ARE BROKE - what is it about that fact that Nichols and Collins don't understand? I was in Law Enforcement for 23 years and have since retired. I was in Law Enforcement before Clinton opened the feeding trough for local law enforcement and during that time. I saw the fantastic waste in our department once we got our "share" of that free money. In law enforcement we are supposed to protect the populace from theft and now Nichols and Collins are advocating that our profession participate in it. I have very little use for Unions and evidently that now includes the Las Vegas Police Protective Association (and any other law enforcement association that demands to be exempted from budget cuts) We are supposed to protect the future for our children and Mr. Nichols and Collins are condoning the theft of that future. The country is broke - the country has to cut spending, I'm sick of hearing "cut everywhere else but my important function". There are no important functions that are above cuts. Local Law enforcement needs to be paid for locally based on what that community can afford. Spending has to be cut and no group or special interest should be exempt, including Law Enforcement. My parents taught me that I had only so much money I could use each week - I had to budget my allowance and when I became an adult I had to balance my own finances. My kids have learned the same thing. I can say that not once did I demand of my employer to give me more money so I could afford those luxuries that I wanted to buy but couldn't on my salary. Evidently what we learn as individuals goes out the window when the feds are giving away stimulus money and freebies to various institutions.

We're behaving like kids just after the pinata has been split open. The problem is that eventually all the candy is picked up and consumed. When that happens all that's left is a broken pinata - in this case that broken pinata is red white and blue.

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