Magaziner highlights bipartisan bill to enhance funding for policing

Warwick Mayor Frank Piccozi (left), Rep. Seth Magaziner (center), and Col. Bradford Connor (right) are seen outside of the Warwick Police Department, Monday, May 15, 2023. (WLNE)

WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) — A bipartisan bill in Washington — if passed — could help police departments in Rhode Island with training, recruitment, and mental health resources.

The Invest to Protect Act, according to Rep. Seth Magaziner, will set aside $50 million every year for the next five years to help with these resources.

“I’m proud to announce my support for the Invest to Protect Act, which will deliver critical federal funding for Rhode Island police departments to ensure the safety of frontline officers and continue to keep our cities and towns secure,” said Magaziner, who’s a cosponsor of the bill.

If this legislation passes in Washington, almost every police department in the 2nd Congressional District will be eligible for funding, including Burriville, Cranston, Coventry, East Greenwich, Johnston, and Warwick.

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