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Police departments use COVID funds to fight crime at Biden’s urging
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WASHINGTON — In June, President Joe Biden laid out his new crime-prevention strategy amid a nationwide uptick in violent crime. Biden emphasized in his report that cities can use COVID-19 relief funds to hire more police officers and pay for overtime. 

Since Biden’s plan was launched, police leaders across the country have been using American Rescue Plan dollars to combat crime, according to a White House memo on Monday. 

“Already we’ve seen state and local governments utilize the funding they’ve received to put more cops on the beat, invest in community violence intervention programs, bolster community programs and economic opportunities, and acquire technology like gunshot detection systems that will help them better confront crime head-on,” the memo reads in part.


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