McKinley Introduces Bill to Help Police Departments Retain Experienced Officers

McKinley: “We must show police officers that they are valued members of our communities”

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congressman David B. McKinley (W.Va.-01), introduced a bill, the Retain COPS Act of 2022, H.R.7250, to give local police departments more flexibility and allow the COPS grant funding to go towards salaries, bolstering their ability to retain experienced law enforcement officers.

“In recent meetings with members of local law enforcement in West Virginia, we talked about the challenges they face not just recruiting but retaining experienced officers. Our law enforcement professionals have a dangerous and difficult job that has been made more difficult in recent years with the anti-police rhetoric and calls to ‘defund the police’,” said Rep. McKinley.

“Allowing greater flexibility for how COPS Grant funding can be spent will help local police departments address retention challenges,” said Rep. McKinley. “Our local law enforcement officers in Harrison, Preston, and Wood Counties gave us this idea in meetings and we went to work.”

Read the Retain COPS Act here.

Background: 

Congressman McKinley has held dozens of meetings with law enforcement officers, including this recent meeting with Harrison County officials. These officers shared that calls to defund the police have negatively impacted recruitment of new officers and retention of existing officers and we discussed ways I can provide support for these police departments so they can continue doing their job -- protecting our communities in West Virginia.

WV News: West Virginia Rep. David McKinley meets with local law enforcement officials

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (WV News) — Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., is looking to increase public safety by bolstering West Virginia’s police departments.

On Thursday, during a recent slate of stops throughout his district, McKinley met with senior Harrison County law enforcement officials at Bridgeport City Hall.

“We want to hear what are the good things we’ve done in Washington and also the shortcomings — of how we can do a better job representing our law enforcement,” the congressman said.


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