“As a former cop, I respect and appreciate those who have dedicated their lives to serving others as well as those who appreciate the rule of law and honor it.” – Dave Reichert
Our local law enforcement officers are serving on the front lines of the war on terror, gangs, and drugs. We must ensure they have the resources they need to continue to keep our children and homes safe. That is why I have consistently advocated for adequate funding for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) program and the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program. Additionally, I've fought for sustained and increased funding through the FIRE and SAFER grant programs.
Crime tends to go up at the worst time – when a tough economy and tight budgets cut into crime prevention efforts. During these challenging times it is especially important that we support our local law enforcement. Washington State has been successful in reducing crime in our communities because of these programs that provide critical resources to local police officers.
The Reichert Doctrine: Local law enforcement is equally as important as federal law enforcement, and is increasingly being asked to shoulder more responsibilities with fewer resources. Local cops are not just keeping our communities safe, but are manning the front lines to protect our homeland from terrorist threats. No federal agency can safeguard our homes and communities better than the local cops on the streets, and accordingly, we must give them the federal resources they need to get the job done.
Congressman Reichert is fighting every day on behalf of:
- Victims of crime
- Law enforcement officers
- Fire fighters
Crime and Law Enforcement Caucus Membership:
Congressional Caucus to Fight and Control Methamphetamine
Congressional Caucus on Drug Policy
Congressional Fire Services Caucus
Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus (co-chair)
Congressional Port Security Caucus
Congressional Suburban Agenda Caucus
Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus