Washington, D.C. – U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran
today issued the following statement on the death of Attorney General Janet Reno:
“U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno understood our cities and their public safety needs; and she
brought that understanding to many of the decisions she made as Attorney General.
“The Conference of Mayors worked closely with her in the development, enactment and
implementation of key portions of the 1994 crime bill, in particular the COPS Program. That program,
which in its 22 years of existence has provided funding for approximately 127,000 additional police
officers to more than 13,000 police departments, is an important part of her legacy, and remains an
important program for our cities today.
“She was devoted to listening to the mayors of this nation. She came to our meetings and stayed
with a notepad in her hand. Our recommendations meant a lot to her. She followed up with meetings
in her office to help implement mayoral recommendations. And together working with President
Clinton, we reduced crime, produced alternatives to crime and made American cities safer.”