Programs to Improve Police Work
Federal money for upgrading of local forces
The police are polishing up their image. After years of talking about the need for reforms, many of the nation's more than 40,000 law-enforcement agencies are doing something to upgrade the quality and training of their personnel, improve efficiency and create better relations with the community, particularly minority members. Behind many of the reforms is an unprecedented influx of money. Federal revenue-sharing programs have been a major source of these funds. The Treasury Department's Revenue Sharing Office, in its first report on actual uses of general revenue-sharing funds since the program began in December 1972, said on Feb. 28, 1974, that states and localities spent 23 per cent of their funds on public safety ...