100,000 police = politics & poor planning
In July 1999, the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General, Audit Division, indicated that the announced goal of adding 100,000 new police officers by the year 2000 would not be met. The audit found there was a “high degree of difficulty in establishing that funds under the Making Officer Redeployment Effective (MORE) program actually resulted in additional COPS officers on the street.” The audit also found indications that supplanting existing funding, and inadequate good-faith planning to retain officers, may yield fewer officers than provided for under the grant.
On July 29, 1999, the newspaper USA Today reported, under the headline “More law enforcers becoming lawbreakers,” that Janet Reno has sent more cops to prison than any other Attorney General. In the previous five years, the Justice Department has convicted a record 756 former law enforcement officers on Federal corruption, brutality and other charges, and the Administration has asked for funds in next year’s budget to pay for 16 additional Federal prosecutors to work solely on police cases...