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Biden highlights police funding, gun control efforts at National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service

President Biden spoke at the National Peace Police Memorial Service at the Capitol on Wednesday, paying tribute to police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

In remarks at an annual event hosted by the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Biden highlighted his visit to North Carolina just a few weeks ago to meet with the family of a slain police officer in Charlotte. . Four law enforcement officers were killed and four other officers were injured when a suspect opened fire during a warrant-related shootout on April 30.

“Every time I put on my shield and step out of the house, my family is worried that they’re going to get that call, or that they’re going to get that scary phone call somewhere, day or night,” Biden said. Told.

“You feel like you’re being sucked into this situation… you’re losing a piece of your soul,” he added, sharing his own personal experience with loss.

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Biden speaks at the National Peace Officers Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol on May 15, 2024, in Washington, DC. The ceremony honors law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

He referenced his late son Beau’s Army service and repeated the common line that loss feels like “a black hole in the middle of your chest.” Beau Biden died of glioblastoma, the most common form of brain cancer, in May 2015 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.bo served iraq tour From 2008 to 2009.

“I want you to take solace in knowing that their sacrifice will never be forgotten,” Biden said.

The president spoke about some of the accomplishments his administration has prioritized to put police on the streets, invest in public safety, pass gun control measures and protect first responders. He said the American Rescue Plan includes $350 billion to help states and cities hire and retain police officers and pay benefits to disabled first responders, as well as funding for community policing. He said the Save America Plan includes $37 billion to improve the United States.

Biden also touted executive orders on reforming police enforcement and mental health public services.

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President Biden speaks at National Peace Officers Memorial Service on Capitol Hill

(LR) Fraternal Order of Police President Patrick Yaws, U.S. President Joe Biden, Attorney General Merrick Garland, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, and Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco to unveil the colors at the National Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony. stand up. May 15, 2024, U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

“It’s tougher than ever to be a police officer, and we’re counting on you to do everything you can,” Biden said, adding that police officers also have drug counselors, social workers, and “communities flooded with weapons and fear.” They are expected to be the guardians of society.

Biden claimed that violent crime rates are near the lowest in 50 years thanks to the “extraordinary efforts” of law enforcement in communities across the country.

The FBI reported a 5.7% decrease in violent crime between the fourth quarter of 2022 and the fourth quarter of 2023 in its most recent Quarterly Uniform Crime Report released on March 18, 2024. The homicide rate also fell by 13.2%, according to FBI data.

Biden’s claims about violent crime appear to be a reference to crime analyst Jeff Asher, who in his newsletter cited FBI statistics that show violent crime rates are at their lowest level in more than 50 years. It says it’s close.

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Police officers attend President Biden's speech at the National Peace Officers Memorial Service in Washington, D.C.

Members of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department salute during the National Peace Officers Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol on May 15, 2024 in Washington, D.C. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

“The reduction in crime shown in the quarterly data would be historic if realized,” Asher wrote in December. “To put some of this into perspective, a 4% decrease in the national violent crime rate compared to the reported rate in 2022 would result in the national violent crime rate being the lowest since 1969. I guess.”

The FBI is scheduled to release its annual report on crime rates later this year.

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In his remarks, Biden emphasized his administration’s commitment to gun control.

“These are historic steps being taken to support you, to stop the flow of illegal guns, and to hold gun traffickers accountable for their crimes. It’s important,” Biden told the assembled law enforcement officials. “This is extremely important,” he said, adding, “There is still a lot of work to be done.” If it is not done. “

FOX News’ Nick Rojas contributed to this report.

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