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In honor of National Police Week, three U.S. Representatives from Illinois recently introduced the David Dorn Back the Blue Act. 

The measure was introduced by U.S. Reps. Mike Bost, Rodney Davis and Darin LaHood. All three are Republicans.

The bill would authorize $15 billion through the U.S. Department of Justice to help state and local law enforcement agencies hire and retain officers. 

The legislation is named in honor of David Dorn, a retired St. Louis Police Department captain, who was killed on June 2, 2020, while protecting a friend’s store during a violent night of rioting in St. Louis. He served for 38 years with the St. Louis Police Department.

“Defunding the police will not make our communities safer – in fact, the statistics prove the opposite,” Bost said in a news release. 

“Now more than ever, it is critical that we provide our men and women in blue with the resources and training they need to keep our communities safe. 

“I’m proud to once again support the David Dorn Back the Blue Act and stand with our law enforcement officials in Southern Illinois and around the nation.”