NEW ORLEANS — In light of the recent deadly terrorist attacks and mass shooting incidents in New York City and Sutherland Springs, Texas, Mayor Mitch Landrieu sent a letter to Senators John Kennedy and Bill Cassidy calling once again for increased counter-terrorism and crime fighting funding.
“Whether a terrorist attack comes from a radicalized lone wolf or a coordinated cell, local and state police officers are now the tip of the spear in the domestic fight against both terrorism and violence. The ever-changing threat from terrorism and violence inside our country threatens cities of all sizes, with the attacks in New York, Las Vegas, San Bernardino, Orlando, St. Cloud, and more. Local police departments don’t have the funding, training, or equipment to fully protect our country from terrorists,” said Mayor Landrieu. “We need more police officers on the streets with the tools to do both community policing and homeland security support. We know that this looks like a well-funded COPS program in partnership with a robust UASI program. Unfortunately, both of those programs and more have been cut in recent years.”
Mayor Landrieu has sent letters to Sen. Kennedy calling for this assistance that will help New Orleans fight crime and prevent terrorism in March, July and October of this year.
This letter comes before Sen. Kennedy joins Mayor Landrieu to meet with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions where Mayor Landrieu will discuss how Congress and the Trump Administration can strengthen local police departments in the fight against crime and domestic terrorism.
Mayor Landrieu continued, “Like the COPS program, which has been cut by over 80% since the 1990s, funding for homeland security grant programs to support local capabilities to prevent and respond to terrorist incidents have been cut by approximately 50 percent, since they began in 2004. Last year, for example, only 28 metro areas received support through the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) program, down from 64 in 2010. We, the City of New Orleans, have not received this award since 2012. Unfortunately, President Trump wants to cut these critical terrorism-fighting resources by 25 percent. I have written our two US Senators before on these vital national security and public safety issues but have not even received a written response from our delegation members.”
To view the Mayor's letter to the Senators, click here.
To view the Mayor’s March 2017 letter, click here.
To view the Mayor’s July 2017 letter, click here.
To view the Mayor’s October 2017 letter, click here.
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