Legislation Would Enhance Reporting on Gang Data to Help Law Enforcement Strengthen Public Safety
WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced the bipartisan Gang Activity Reporting Act to require the Justice Department, Department of Homeland Security, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to resume regular reporting on criminal gang trends across the country that it previously provided to Congress, but discontinued in 2009 and 2012. While the Justice Department and FBI have established units to address gang activity, critical data is no longer regularly collected and shared with Congress or the public.
“Communities across America have been affected by the nationwide rise in violent crime, and we must take action to reverse this dangerous trend,” said Senator Rosen. “I’m helping introduce bipartisan legislation to provide law enforcement officials with new data on gang membership and trends so they can better understand how gangs are contributing to violent crime and identify solutions to strengthen public safety.”
Senator Rosen has worked to ensure law enforcement across the country and in Nevada have the resources they need to do their jobs keeping communities safe from crime. Last month, Senator Rosen co-sponsored the bipartisan Recruit and Retain Act to support law enforcement agencies’ efforts to hire and retain more police officers amid the ongoing police officer shortage in Nevada and nationwide. As part of the government funding legislation last year, Senator Rosen secured millions in funding for police departments across Nevada. Earlier this year, Rosen also announced federal funding opportunities for local police departments to hire more officers and incentivize community policing efforts.