Biden To Ask Local Officials To Spend COVID Relief Money On Public Safety

WASHINGTON — Mayors, police chiefs and other local officials were invited to the White House on Friday to share with President Joe Biden how they are spending money from the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package on policing and public safety programs.

In turn, during an afternoon event in the Rose Garden, Mr. Biden will highlight some of these efforts and urge cities to spend even more of their coronavirus relief money on public safety, according to senior administration officials who briefed reporters on the president’s plans on the condition of anonymity under terms insisted upon by the White House.

Mr. Biden will encourage communities to spend more on public safety and crime prevention before the summer months, which typically bring a spike in violent crime.

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