Apr 23, 2009
Hypocrisy Alert: ‘Tough on Crime’ Lungren Just Says No to More COPS on California’s Streets
As the economic recession forces more communities to cut funding for law enforcement, California's former chief law officer, Dan Lungren, today voted no on hiring 6,718 more cops to keep California families safe.
Yes, that's the same Dan Lungren who, as California's Attorney General, helped write California's three-strikes law and took credit for a 30 percent drop in crime.
"In saying no to hiring over 6,700 cops, Representative Dan Lungren's hypocrisy reached a new low. As California's former Attorney General, Lungren flaunted his law and order credentials, calling himself ‘tough on crime,'" said Andy Stone, Western Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "But when push came to shove, Representative Lungren voted against more cops for California's streets. That's just another example of Dan Lungren doing one thing in Washington and another back home in California."
- The COPS Improvements Act, H.R. 1139, provides $1.8 billion a year over the next five years to help improve community policing efforts and places an additional 50,000 police officers on the streets nationwide. [H.R. 1139, #206, 4/23/09]
- The measure includes authorizing $1.25 billion a year for grants to COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services), $350 million a year for COPS technology grants, and $200 million a year to hire community prosecutors.
- The measure will allow California to hire 6,718 more cops.