ATF chief says funding shortfalls hampering police

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) - Police in some American cities are having
trouble keeping violent crime in check, because they don't have
enough money.
That assessment comes from the acting head of the federal Bureau
of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. And it echoes the
appeals from mayors across the country who want more federal
dollars to fight crime.
Michael Sullivan tells The Associated Press that the battle
against violent crime is the top priority of his agency. He says
it's trying to help cities with federal task forces and technology.
Sullivan says a lot of cities don't have the police manpower to
respond to calls as quickly as they once did. He says funding
squeezes in cities such as Detroit and Chicago make it harder for
police in those cities to keep violent crime from increasing.
Still, he says, violent crime rates remain at what he calls
"record lows."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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