President Joe Biden will award public safety officers for their “extraordinary bravery” during a ceremony at the White House on Monday.
The event is scheduled to begin at 11:45 p.m. ET. Look in the player above.
Last week, Biden said his administration’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package was bolstering public safety by investing in policing.
“The answer is not to defund the police,” he said. “The answer is to fund the police with the resources and training they need to protect our communities.”
Biden said more money should be spent on public safety ahead of the summer months, which typically bring a spike in violent crime.
“Acting today will save lives tomorrow,” he said.
Biden’s remarks came as the Treasury Department prepared to release a second round of coronavirus relief funding for state and local governments.
The Democratic president has come under pressure from Republicans and others to bring down violent crime across the country, one issue among many that could complicate his party’s chances of retaining control of Congress in the mid-elections. November term.
Biden announced a strategy to tackle gun crime, including steps to crack down on rogue gun traffickers and slow the spread of untraceable ghost guns, privately-made firearms without a serial number. series.
FBI files released last September suggest Biden inherited a violent crime problem. In 2020, the year before he took office, homicides rose nearly 30% from the previous year, the largest one-year jump documented by the FBI. There were 21,570 murders, the highest since the early 1990s, when homicides remained above 23,000 a year.