January 14, 1999


America is grateful for the hard work of our men and women in uniform. Every day you make our streets and schools safer, our homes more secure, and in so doing -- make no mistake about it -- you make freedom more real for the American people. We know you can't do it alone. We've tried to be good partners. We intend to be better partners as we move to the next century.

President Bill Clinton
January 14, 1999

Today, President Clinton travels to Alexandria, Virginia to announce the 21st Century Policing Initiative to help communities hire and retain a strong police force, provide the most current crime fighting technologies, and target resources to prevent and fight crime. In addition, the President will announce the release of new statistics, showing that crime rates continued to drop significantly in 1998.

A Presidential Plan To Keep Our Streets And Families Safe. In his budget proposal for 2000, President Clinton is proposing a 21st Century Policing Initiative to keep our streets safe and crime rates low. The President is calling for funding to renew the COPS program, which is expected to meet its goal of helping fund 100,000 more police by later this year. Without renewal of this funding, the COPS program would be phased out by next year. The 21st Century Policing program is designed to help communities maintain and reduce crime rates through a series of proposals. The President is calling for investments in the following areas:

Crime Rates Are Falling To Generational Lows. Crime rates have fallen dramatically under President Clinton. Homicide rates are at their lowest level in 30 years, and the overall crime rate is at a 27-year low. A report released today by the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) builds on this record:

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