77th Annual Meeting

EXECUTIVE ORDERS AND ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS TO PREVENT AND RESPOND TO CRIME

WHEREAS, more than 50 mayors and police chiefs met at The U.S. Conference of Mayors' Action Forum on Crime in Philadelphia August 5-6, 2008, to develop an action agenda on crime; and

WHEREAS, following that meeting a working group of mayors and police chiefs drafted a national action agenda on crime; and

WHEREAS, following that meeting a working group of mayors and police chiefs drafted a national action agenda on crime; and

WHEREAS, that national action agenda includes a series of findings and recommendations that can be accomplished through executive orders and administrative actions that would have an immediate impact on crime and violence in cities,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors adopts as its policy the executive orders and administrative actions called for by the mayors and police chiefs in the National Action Agenda on Crime:

  • In this, its 100th anniversary year, the FBI should assign more agents, including some of the agents now dedicated to combating terrorism, to combating street crime. Since 9/11, an estimated 1,000 or more FBI agents have been transitioned from traditional crime-fighting to focus on terrorism. A U.S. Conference of Mayors-Zogby poll released in January 2008 showed that Americans are more concerned with crime in their local communities than they are with terrorism. Nearly half (48 percent) say they are more fearful of local crime, compared to 31 percent who worry more about terrorism.

  • The Department of Homeland Security should afford local officials more flexibility in the use of homeland security funds, enabling them to better focus those funds on local priorities. In particular, DHS should recognize the value of allowing the funds to be used for beat officers.

  • The federal and state governments should not preempt the authority of local governments to enact municipal ordinances relating to gun safety or other aspects of public safety.