CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Tuesday, September 11, 2012, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 4305, the Child and Elderly Missing Alert Program, under a suspension of the rules requiring a two-thirds majority vote for approval. The bill was introduced on March 29, 2012, by Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
H.R. 4305 would add a new purpose area to the Justice Department’s Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS) Program for grants to nonprofit organizations that assist law enforcement agencies with the rapid recovery of missing children, elderly persons, and disabled persons.
The Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program was created by Title I of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (the '94 Crime Act). The mission of the COPS program is to advance community policing in all jurisdictions across the United States. The COPS program awards grants to state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies throughout the United States so they can hire and train law enforcement officers to participate in community policing, purchase and deploy new crime-fighting technologies, and develop and test new and innovative policing strategies. COPS grants are managed by the COPS Office, which was created in 1994 by Department of Justice (DOJ) to oversee the COPS program.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that this program will cost a total of $19 million over fiscal years 2013-2017. However, the bill adds a purpose area to an existing program and is not a new authorization. Any new spending would be subject to additional appropriations. For a similar reference, the House passed H.R. 365, with a similar CBO score.