Biden wants to urge cities to hire more police officers in the face of rising crime

Biden wants to urge cities to hire more police officers in the face of rising crime

President Biden on Friday will urge cities to use federal stimulus money to hire more police officers — while also announcing the use of at least $10 billion of stimulus money for public safety, the White House previewed his statements.

Biden is trying to position himself as a pro-policing advocate ahead of November’s midterm elections as polls find widespread disapproval of his crime handling. But he also risks alienating left-wing Democrats who advocate cutting police budgets.

A Biden administration official told reporters the president will beg local officials to give police a larger share of the $350 billion in state and local government money Democrats approved last year as part of a larger $1.9 trillion package approved. These funds are still being paid out.

“We still think that many places still have some flexibility in their spending and that even if they’ve made specific budget plans, it’s worth urging them to ask themselves again if there’s more they can do to prepare for those.” Summer for violence prevention and public safety?” the official said.

A rise in crime is weighing on Democrats ahead of the midterm elections, along with public anger over four decades of high inflation and frustration over the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and record-breaking illegal immigration. Biden is trying to block Republicans from retaking Congress, but his own approval rating has remained low since the chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan in August.

Officials on a call organized by the White House signaled that Biden intends to portray Republicans as less pro-police than Democrats because they did not support the massive stimulus package — though Biden did not stress that cities should use the law’s funds to police until months after it was over.

US President Joe Biden speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 in Washington, DC, USA.
Polls have revealed widespread disapproval of Biden’s handling of crime.
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“Let’s consider what Republicans are doing when it comes to making our communities safer. Congressional Republicans voted unanimously in Congress against every penny of the $10 billion now being used by over 300 communities to put more cops on the streets and invest in neighborhood crime prevention programs,” an administration official said.

Violent crime remains elevated in major cities this year after sharp increases in the second half of 2020 and into 2021.

In New York City, robberies are up 44.5 percent this year compared to the same time in 2021. Rapes are up 12 percent this year and car thefts are up 61.3 percent – with 4,467 cars stolen in the city in just over five months. The number of homicides is down 13.8 percent from last year but still up 20 percent from 2020.

A screenshot of dr.  Rakesh Patel and his killer.
dr Rakesh Patel (right) was killed in March after being run over by a car thief with his own car.
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In Washington, DC, violent crime is up 22 percent this year, driven by a 50 percent increase in robberies. Property crime has also risen, including a 7 percent increase in auto thefts, of which there have been 1,160 – including the unsolved auto theft by Dr. Rakesh Patel, 33, who was fatally run over by a person who stole his car in March.

A poll released by CBS last month found that 61 percent of Americans disapprove of Biden’s handling of crimes, versus 39 percent who agree. That poll found that 49 percent want more funding for the police, 61 percent want harsher penalties for criminals, and 63 percent want more mental health services.

The same poll found 63 percent disapproving of Biden’s handling of the economy, 62 percent disapproving of his handling of immigration, and 55 percent disapproving of his handling of the US response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

A job seeker, who gave her name only as Liz, left, speaks with Sgt. Jannene Howard-Brown of the Miami-Dade Police Department as she inquires about administrative opportunities.
Violent crime remains elevated in major cities this year after sharp increases in the second half of 2020 and into 2021.
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