Rubio, Nelson, Deutch Urge DOJ to Approve Florida Law Enforcement Reimbursement Request for Parkland Response
Feb 26 2018
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) and U.S. Representative Ted Deutch (D-FL) today urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to approve the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s (FDLE) request for $1,000,000 to reimburse the agency for costs incurred in the wake of the Parkland school shooting.
The full text of the letter is below:
Dear Director Adler,
We write in support of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s (FDLE) request for funds through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Precipitous Increase in Crime emergency funds. The horrific shooting in Parkland, Florida put a strain on state and local law enforcement resources, and the agencies are unable to absorb the additional costs resulting from this traumatic event.
To date, the shooting resulted in 17 deaths and many others injured. First responders spent many hours processing the crime scene, conducting investigations, tending to victims, and monitoring the suspect while in custody. Because of this, state and local law enforcement incurred significant costs that they are unable to afford on their own. As such, we ask that you quickly approve FDLE’s request for $1,000,000 to reimburse for personnel and overtime, investigative, intelligence, and supervision expenses. Additionally, we ask that you quickly approve any amended request FDLE submits in the future.
The community is still reeling from this tragedy, and law enforcement is doing their best to return some sense of safety and normalcy to those affected. However, federal aid is needed in those efforts. Thank you for your attention to this request. We look forward to your response.