Today, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5) attended the monthly meeting of the Police Chiefs Association of Prince George's County. At the meeting, Congressman Hoyer and members of the Association discussed the impact of sequestration on law enforcement and other issues facing the law enforcement community in Prince George's County.
"I thank the Police Chiefs Association of Prince George's County for inviting me to today's meeting," stated Congressman Hoyer. "Our law enforcement community has played a central role in bringing crime rates in Prince George's County to a historic low last year and keeping our neighborhoods safe. The federal government, in addition to state and local partners, should be doing everything we can to support these efforts. Unfortunately, the arbitrary, across-the-board spending cuts imposed by sequestration could cut important grant funding that supports the efforts of our law enforcement community. I believe we must replace these irrational cuts with a balanced alternative that includes a mix of smart spending cuts and additional revenues, and I will continue to urge my colleagues to agree on such an approach so that we can avoid cuts to investments that help keep our residents safe. I thank the Police Chiefs for their input today, and look forward to working with them to ensure a safer and stronger community."
"From the time Steny Hoyer entered the U.S. Congress, he has been the strongest advocate for law enforcement on Capitol Hill," stated Upper Marlboro Chief of Police Michael Gonnella, President of the Police Chiefs Association of Prince George's County. "Not only has he fought for the equipment and technology we need to do our jobs effectively, but he continues to strongly advocate for our safety. We thank him for joining us today for this update and always appreciate when he can join us at our meetings."
According to a White House report on the impact of sequestration, law enforcement in Maryland could lose $317,000 in grants that support crime prevention and drug treatment and enforcement.