Campaign 2010

May 11, 2005

Reichert Cuts COPS as Crime Goes Up

DCCC Press

May 11, 2005

Reichert Cuts COPS as Crime Goes Up

The day after information is released that shows crime on the rise in Bellevue and Auburn, their Congressman votes to eliminate an important program that put nearly 2,000 police officers in Washington State communities.

Today, Representative Dave Reichert voted to eliminate the COPS program, killing an important initiative that put almost 2,000 police officers on the streets in Washington State. This comes as newly released crime statistics show that violent crime is on the rise in his congressional district. When Reichert was King County Sheriff, the COPS program providedhim with $15 million that allowed him to put 142 new officers on the street in the county.

"What happened to Dave Reichert in Washington, D.C.? Having taken almost $20,000 from Tom DeLay and hundreds of thousands of dollars from special interests, Dave Reichert's priorities have changed from concern for families in Washington State to huge giveaways to energy corporations, " said DCCC communications director Bill Burton. "When Reichert is back inWashington State, he's going to have to explain why he voted to take police officers off our streets at the exact same time that crime is going up."

The Facts:

  • Crime on the rise in Reichert's congressional district: Newly released crime statistics for 2004 show a 6.5 percent overall crime increase in unincorporated King County, and crime in suburban cities like Auburn and Bellevue is up nearly twice as much. ["Crime rate on the rise in Auburn, Bellevue, " King County Journal, 5/11/05]
  • As sheriff, Reichert relied on the COPS program: In his tenure as sheriff, Reichert tapped the COPS program for more than $15 million, allowing him to bolster his department with 142 new officers and shift detectives to the Ridgway investigation... "the 142 positions we gained absolutely yielded results, " Reichert said. ["Differing priorities create a conflicted Reichert, " Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 7/6/04]
  • Today, Reichert votes to eliminate the COPS program: [H Res 268, Roll Call #164, 5/11/05]
  • Reichert's priorities wrong; opposes officers in our communities but supports $8 billion giveaway for energy corporations: According to independent analysts, the Energy Bill that passed last week included $8 billion in tax breaks, mostlyfor energy producers. [LA Times, 4/22/05]