White House urges cities to use coronavirus funds to help combat rise in violent crime

Biden wants cities to use part of his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package.
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President Joe Biden.
President Joe Biden in Tulsa, Oklahoma une 01, 2021.
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The White House sent a memo to state and local officials Monday, urging them to use some of the COVD-19 relief funds to help combat the rise of violent crime.

The memo outlines how states should use the funds provided by President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package to reduce crime, such as supporting law enforcement, investing in community-based violence interventions, and enforcing gun laws.

"The core of the President’s plan is a partnership with cities and states, equipping local leaders with historic levels of federal funding and a range of tools to address the multifaceted challenge of gun violence," the memo said, according to The Hill.

The memo also notes that Biden requested $300 million in funding for the COPS program, a program made by the Department of Justice for community-centered policing, and an additional $750 million for federal law enforcement agencies.

Biden is expected to meet with Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams - who is also the Democrat nominee for New York City mayor - as well as with other mayors across the country.