By Andrew Kreighbaum
Laredo Morning Times
Published: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 1:54 AM CST
In their second day of federal lobbying, City of Laredo officials pushed for funds to staff border entry points and for an early warning infectious disease surveillance project.
The items were part of a raft of funding needs the city will emphasize in meetings with federal agencies during its annual legislative trip.
Laredo has already seen some success this week after the Department of Justice said it would fully fund 22 local police positions through the Community Oriented Policing Service program.
Of course, this is nothing new. The COPS program has been helping Laredo since the 90s.
The City of Laredo has made it a goal to enhance the quality of life in Laredo by providing optimum police services. In 1995, the City of Laredo received a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to begin the implementation of the Community-Oriented Policing (COPS) philosophy. Through this grant, the Laredo Police Department was able to hire six new police officers that concentrated on community policing initiatives.And Henry Cuellar is none too shy from taking credit for keeping the COPS funding coming our way.
Washington, Feb 24 - Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced he voted to prevent 22 police officers with the Laredo Police Department from losing their jobs by supporting an amendment to H.R. 1, the Full-Year Continuing Resolution Act of 2011. The amendment ensures $298 million are made available to the COPS Hiring program across the nation, including the 28th Congressional District of Texas.Frankly, I don't know what our city officials are doing over there, except for taking credit for COPS funding that's been there all along.