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Biden Urges Local Officials to Hire More Police Using Funds From American Rescue Plan Amid Crime Surges

President Joe Biden on Friday called on cities to use funds from the American Rescue Plan to hire more police officers and strengthen public safety programs.

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Speaking at an event at the White House Rose Garden with police chiefs and mayors, the president pushed local leaders to act quickly to invest in public safety ahead of the anticipated crime wave this summer.

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“I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. To every governor, every mayor, every county official, the need is clear, my message is clear: Spend this money now that you have,” Biden said.

“Use these funds we made available to you to prioritize public safety,” he continued. “Do it quickly, before the summer, when crime rates typically surge. Taking action today is going to save lives tomorrow. So, use the money. Hire the

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