Gov. Hogan makes increased support for police
MARYLAND – On Friday, Governor Larry Hogan announced the expansion of his Re-Fund The Police Initiative to a three-year, $500 million investment in increased support for law enforcement, and for increased crime control and victim protection services across the state.
The governor also announced that he will reintroduce legislation to address violent crime during the upcoming session of the Maryland General Assembly.
“Even in the most progressive cities all across the country, leaders are now following our lead and admitting that instead of defunding, they need more investment in public safety,” said Gov. Hogan. “There is nothing more important than addressing the violent crime crisis in our state and our effort to re-fund the police and to give them the support and the resources they need to do their jobs more effectively.”
Gov. Hogan says with this funding, jurisdictions can recruit and retain more officers, increase salaries, improve training, de-escalation techniques, body cams, and more. He says law enforcement is underfunded and under-attack, and something must be done. “You could not possibly have the worst time for anyone to call for defunding the police or for cutting funding for public safety,” says Gov. Hogan. He adds, “I’m strongly urging the city and in the legislator to put all of the politics aside and to work with us to finally pass these emergency crime bills.”
Governor Hogan says he will introduce the piece of legislation next week at the general assembly.
The governor’s expanded three-year, Re-Fund The Police Initiative includes:
- $220 million for historic salary increases and bonuses for law enforcement officers to help ensure more competitive compensation and to help with recruitment and retention, as well as police scholarship programs
- $137 million for a 50% increase in state police aid to local jurisdictions statewide
- $50 million for major capital improvements for Maryland State Police barracks and a new tactical services building for the Special Operations Division
- $37 million to fully fund victim services providers
- $30 million in Neighborhood Safety Grants to support hardware upgrades, lighting, cameras, and increased security services for community organizations, business districts, and main streets
As previously announced, the initiative also includes,
- A 100% state-funded match for all Crime Stoppers rewards that lead to arrests
- $24 million to create a new Accountability Resources Fund, which will be used to provide more body cams, de-escalation training, and other critical tools for state and local police agencies
- $1 million for the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association and the Maryland Sheriffs’ Association to further expand operational training and support
Additional line-item details will be available in the FY23 budget.
Will Reintroduce Major Crime Legislation. The governor announced that he will once again introduce legislation to address violent crime during the session of the Maryland General Assembly that begins Wednesday:
- The Violent Firearms Offender Act significantly toughens penalties for offenders who use and illegally possess firearms, as well as those who illegally supply firearms to criminals.
- The Judicial Transparency Act will require the Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy to track and publish detailed information on the sentences that are handed down by judges for violent crimes.
- The governor will also introduce the Re-Fund The Police Act to make the increase in local aid permanent.