Ypsilanti, MI – Congressman John D. Dingell (D-MI12) met with Ypsilanti City and Police Department officials this week to discuss the importance of federal funding to assist local law enforcement. Dingell joined Ypsilanti City Manager Ralph Lange, Police Chief Amy Walker and Lt. Deric Gress on Tuesday to discuss the importance of past funding the Department has used to hire and retain officers, and update equipment used by officers to protect the general public.
Unless Congress acts to prevent automatic budget cuts set to occur on March 1, 2013, federal programs used by local law enforcement will be cut drastically. Dingell spoke in opposition of the pending sequester, and highlighted the importance of a partnership at all levels of government to ensure that first responders have the manpower and equipment they need to do their jobs.
“This important funding keeps police officers and sheriffs on the beat, with the protective equipment and radios they need to stay safe and do good work,” said Dingell. “This is not wasteful spending. It’s a wise investment in the safety and security of each and every one of our families here in Southeast Michigan.”
Four years ago this week, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) was signed into law, providing important funding for Department of Justice grant programs to provide support for local and state emergency response officials. Dingell, a strong supporter of the ARRA, recognized the anniversary by reiterating the fight to protect these important programs relied upon by public safety professionals.
“The Recovery Act made wise investments in infrastructure and programs that hired Americans and staved off the economic depression we were heading towards,” added Dingell. “We need equally wise investments right now—not reckless across the board cuts—to guarantee that our streets are safe, our local economies can continue their recovery, and the American people can see a government that works for them, not against them.”