California proposes $300 million in additional funding to curb retail theft and violent crime
January 3, 2022
Gov. Gavin Newsom of California announced a proposal to allocate $300 million in funding over the next three years to curtail organized retail crime and other thefts and violent crime in the state.
In a speech, Newsom told the California Highway Patrol, that the money would infuse local law enforcement agencies and district attorney's offices with funding to mitigate retail and other gun, drug and violent crimes.
Part of the funding would be made in the form of grants - some $255 million - which would be available to law enforcement agencies. The grants would ultimately enable agencies to increase the number of officers they place at retail locations.
Also a part of the new proposal, the Organized Retail Crime Task Force within the California Highway Patrol will be made permanent. The task force was formed in 2019, and has since recovered nearly $20 million in stolen goods.