Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced on Monday a three-year, $500 million investment in his Re-Fund The Police initiative to increase salaries and funding for scholarships and grants.
Joined by several leaders from the state’s police agencies, Hogan reaffirmed his support for law enforcement, and for increased crime control across the state.
“Even in the most progressive cities all across the country, leaders are now following our lead and admitting that instead of defunding, they need more investment in public safety,” said Governor Hogan. “There is nothing more important than addressing the violent crime crisis in our state and our effort to re-fund the police and to give them the support and the resources they need to do their jobs more effectively.”
In order to re-fund the police, the governor has allocated $220 million for historic salary increases and bonuses for law enforcement officers to help with recruitment and retention, as well as police scholarship programs.
An additional $137 million will go towards boosting aid for local jurisdictions statewide, while $37 million has been set aside for Neighborhood Safety grants. Continue Reading
You could not possibly have a worse time for anyone to call for defunding the police or cutting funding for public safety, which is why we are expanding our Re-Fund The Police Initiative to a three-year, $500 million investment. pic.twitter.com/6kuUrrrTrc— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) January 10, 2022