ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WDVM) — Gov. Larry Hogan announced a new $150 million initiative to “re-fund the police” and support law enforcement agencies across the state Friday morning.
The move comes as police departments nationwide struggle to attract and retain officers amid shifting public perception of law enforcement. Gov. Hogan says cutting funding and reducing resources isn’t the answer, but rather, giving departments the cash they need to improve training, increase diversity, and expand community policing efforts.
He made his position on policing issues very clear during the Friday morning announcement, saying, “trying to reduce crime by defunding police is dangerous, radical, far-left lunacy. Thinking that you can improve law enforcement by defunding the police is like saying you wanna improve education by defunding the schools.”
Though most of the funding will go right to departments to support officers and combat crime, about $20 million dollars worth of that funding will go toward victim protection services across the state.