What is the COPS program? It's a program put in place by Bill Clinton that resulted in adding over 100,000 new police officers around the country by helping to pay part of their salaries. There is other money in there for things like technology and training, but there won't be any more cops walking the beat, which in the end is often the most important thing of all. The greatest technology and training can't help if there just isn't enough manpower to cover the streets.
It's worth noting that the COPS program has give out over $9 billion in (salary) grants already (since 1995) and the total budget for 2005 is only $97m (again, with -no- salary grants included), so there's just a wee bit - a wee bit - of shrinkage* there. (Call me crazy, but my "old math" says it's about a $900m/year reduction in spending on the program.)
Who feels safer now?
Read about it in the Washington Post:
* - Seinfeld on the Economy (I'm paraphrasing):
George W: Do women know about shrinkage?
Elaine: What do you mean, like cutting the deficit?
George W: NO.
Jerry: Like when a president goes to war for no reason and gives billions of senseless tax cuts to the rich... afterwards...
Elaine: It shrinks?
Jerry: Like a frightened turtle!
Elaine: I don't know how you guys walk around with those things.