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Congress pushes for more police after crime increase

By Theo Milonopoulos
The Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON, D.C. During the 1990s, as the crime rate fell to its lowest levels in decades, President Clinton used a simple formula more cops equals less crime to explain that dramatic decline. His administration assisted local agencies in putting more than 100,000 additional police officers on the streets, an effort that proponents say helped reduce crime nationwide.

The arithmetic got a fresh look last month when the FBI announced that the number of violent crimes had increased nationally for the second consecutive year. The finding prompted Democrats on Capitol Hill to criticize Bush administration cuts in funding for state and local law enforcement, and to call for federal programs to again place more police officers on the beat.

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