Public Safety Programs Funding Levels in FY 2017 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

Congress completed work on May 4 and the President signed May 5 an omnibus spending bill for FY 2017 which provides pretty much level funding for public safety programs, including COPS hiring grants, Second Chance programs, fire grants, state homeland security grants, port and transit security grants, emergency management performance grants, and pre-disaster mitigation.  Seeing small increases are grants for body-warn cameras, drug courts, bulletproof vests, violence against women programs, and the Urban Areas Security Initiative.  Sustaining cuts are school safety grants, justice reinvestment grants, and juvenile justice programs.

The following table shows funding in thousands of dollars for key public safety programs.

 

PROGRAM FY 2016

Omnibus Appropriation

FY 2017 Proposed by the President FY 2017

Omnibus Appropriation

Department of Justice:

Community Oriented Policing Services

 

212,000

 

286,000

 

221,500

  COPS Hiring Grants (137,000) (189,000) (137,000)
  Collaborative Reform (10,000) (20,000) (10,000)
  Community Policing Development (10,000) (20,000) (5,000)
  Anti-Meth Task Forces (7,000) 0 (7,000)
  Anti-Heroin Task Forces (7,000) 0 (10,000)
  DEA Meth Transfer (11,000) (11,000) (10,000)
Byrne JAG Formula Grants 347,000 307,500 403,000[i]
Body-Warn Camera Partnership Program 21,000 27,000 22,500
National Criminal History Improvement Program 44,000 46,000 48,000
NICS Improvement Grants 23,000 5,000 25,000
Comprehensive School Safety Initiative 75,000 69,000 50,000
Drug Courts 42,000 42,000 43,000
Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program 9,000 14,000 12,000
Veterans Treatment Courts 6,000 6,000 7,000
Victims of Trafficking Grants 45,000 45,000 45,000
Bulletproof Vests 21,000 21,000 22,500
Second Chance Act/Offender Reentry 68,000 95,000 68,000
Justice Reinvestment Initiative 27,500 27,000 25,000
DNA Initiatives 125,000 105,000 125,000
State Criminal Alien Assistance Program 210,000 0 210,000
Juvenile Justice 270,160 334,000 247,000
Violence Against Women 480,000 489,000 481,500
HOMELAND SECURITY
Department of Homeland Security

State Homeland Security Grant Program

 

467,000

 

200,000

 

467,000

Urban Area Security Initiative 600,000 330,000 605,000
Public Transportation Security Assistance 100,000 85,000 100,000[ii]
Port Security 100,000 93,000 100,000
Countering Violent Extremism 0 49,000 0
Training, Exercises, Technical Assistance 275,500 198,305 273,927
Assistance to Firefighters 345,000 335,000 345,000
SAFER 345,000 335,000 345,000
Emergency Management Performance Grants 350,000 350,000 350,000
Pre-Disaster Mitigation 100,000 54,000 100,000
Disaster Relief Fund 7,374,693 7,348,515 7,328,515
National Flood Insurance Fund 181,198 181,799 181,799

[i] Includes $68.5 million in earmarked funding, including $27 million for pre-inaugural security

[ii] $10 million is reserved for Amtrak security.

By | 2017-05-05T14:28:09+00:00 May 5, 2017|Criminal and Social Justice|

About the Author:

Laura Waxman is the Conference of Mayors’ Director of Public Safety, focusing on criminal and social justice issues, immigration, human rights, and policing.