H. R. 421
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 25, 2013
Mr. Reichert (for himself, Mr. King of New York, Mr. Pascrell, and Mr. Conyers) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
To amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to enhance the COPS ON THE BEAT grant program, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
COPS Improvement and Reauthorization
Act of 2013
COPS grant improvements
by striking subsection (c);
by redesignating subsection (b) as subsection (c);
by striking subsection (a) and inserting the following:
The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
There is within the Department of Justice, under the general authority of the Attorney General, a separate and distinct office to be known as the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (referred to in this subsection as the COPS Office).
The COPS Office shall be headed by a Director who shall—
be appointed by the Attorney General; and
have final authority over all grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts awarded by the COPS Office.
The Attorney General shall carry out grant programs under which the Attorney General makes grants to States, units of local government, Indian tribal governments, other public and private entities, and multi-jurisdictional or regional consortia for the purposes described in subsections (c), (d), and (e).
in subsection (c), as so redesignated—
in the heading, by striking
grant amounts.— and inserting
Community policing and crime prevention
in paragraph (3), by striking
increase the number of officers deployed in community-oriented
in paragraph (4)—
pay for offices and inserting
pay for or train
, and to provide for the initial hiring of such officers after
by striking paragraph (9);
by redesignating paragraphs (5) through (8) as paragraphs (6) through (9), respectively;
by inserting after paragraph (4) the following:
award grants to hire school resource officers and to establish school-based partnerships between local law enforcement agencies and local school systems to enhance school safety and to combat crime, gangs, drug activities, and other problems in and around elementary and secondary schools, including assisting schools with emergency preparedness and preventative measures plans for natural disasters and acts of violence and terrorism.
by striking paragraph (13);
by redesignating paragraphs (14), (15), and (16) as paragraphs (13), (14), and (15), respectively;
in paragraph (15), as so redesignated, by
and at the end;
by redesignating paragraph (17) as paragraph (18);
by inserting after paragraph (15), as so redesignated, the following:
establish and implement innovative programs to reduce and prevent illegal drug manufacturing, distribution, and use, including the manufacturing, distribution, and use of methamphetamine; and
award enhancing community policing and crime prevention grants that meet emerging law enforcement needs, as warranted.
by redesignating subsections (d) through (g) as subsections (f) through (i), respectively;
by inserting after subsection (c), as so redesignated, the following:
Grants made under subsection (b) may be used to hire former members of the Armed Forces to serve as career law enforcement officers for deployment in community oriented policing, particularly in communities that are adversely affected by a recent military base closing.
In this subsection, former member of the Armed Forces means a member of the Armed Forces of the United States who is involuntarily separated from the Armed Forces within the meaning of section 1141 of title 10, United States Code.
The Attorney General may make grants under subsection (b) to develop and use new technologies (including interoperable communications technologies, modernized criminal record technology, and forensic technology) to assist State and local law enforcement agencies in reorienting the emphasis of their activities from reacting to crime to preventing crime and to train law enforcement officers to use such technologies.
in subsection (f), as so redesignated—
in paragraph (1), by striking
States, units of local government, Indian tribal governments, and to other
public and private entities,;
in paragraph (2), by striking
for State and local governments, and other public and private entities,
in the first sentence of paragraph (3), by
(including regional community policing institutes)
training centers or facilities;
in subsection (h), as so redesignated—
paragraphs (1) and (2)
of subsection (c)
in each fiscal year
in each fiscal year for
purposes described in paragraph (1) and (2) of subsection (c)
by redesignating paragraphs (8) through (11) as paragraphs (9) through (12), respectively; and
by inserting after paragraph (7) the following:
if the application is for a grant for officers performing homeland security duties, explain how the applicant intends to coordinate with Federal law enforcement in support of the applicant's homeland security mission;
Limitation on use of funds
Section 1704(c) of title I of the Omnibus
Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3796dd–3(c)) is amended
$75,000 and inserting
Section 1709(1) of title I of the Omnibus
Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3796dd–8(1)) is amended
who is authorized and inserting
who is a
sworn law enforcement officer and is authorized.
Authorization of appropriations
in subparagraph (A), by striking
fiscal years 2006 through 2009 and inserting
2013 through 2017; and
in subparagraph (B)—
in the first sentence—
3 percent and
5 percent; and
by striking the second sentence and
inserting the following:
Of the funds available for grants under part Q,
not less than $600,000,000 shall be used for grants for the purposes specified
in section 1701(c), and not more than $250,000,000 shall be used for grants
under section 1701(e)..