SUBMITTED RESOLUTIONS
(Senate - September 16, 2008)

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                         SUBMITTED RESOLUTIONS

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  SENATE RESOLUTION 662--RAISING THE AWARENESS OF THE NEED FOR CRIME 
 PREVENTION IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND DESIGNATING THE WEEK 
   OF OCTOBER 2, 2008, THROUGH OCTOBER 4, 2008, AS ``CELEBRATE SAFE 
                           COMMUNITIES'' WEEK

  Mr. BIDEN (for himself, Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Kerry, Ms. Mikulski, and 
Ms. Stabenow) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to 
the Committee on the Judiciary:

                              S. Res. 662

       Whereas communities across the country face localized 
     increases in violence and other crime;
       Whereas local law enforcement and community partnerships 
     are an effective tool for preventing crime and addressing the 
     fear of crime;
       Whereas the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) and the 
     National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) are leading national 
     resources that provide community safety and crime prevention 
     tools tested and valued by local law enforcement agencies and 
     communities nationwide;
       Whereas the NSA and the NCPC have joined together to create 
     the ``Celebrate Safe Communities'' initiative in partnership 
     with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice 
     Programs, Department of Justice;
       Whereas Celebrate Safe Communities will be launched the 1st 
     week of October 2008 to help kick off recognition of October 
     as Crime Prevention Month;
       Whereas Celebrate Safe Communities is designed to help 
     local communities highlight the importance of residents and 
     law enforcement working together to keep communities safe 
     places to live, learn, work, and play;
       Whereas Celebrate Safe Communities will enhance the public 
     awareness of vital crime prevention and safety messages and 
     motivate Americans of all ages to learn what they can do to 
     stay safe from crime;
       Whereas Celebrate Safe Communities will help promote year-
     round support for locally based and law enforcement-led 
     community safety initiatives that help keep families, 
     neighborhoods, schools, and businesses safe from crime; and
       Whereas the week of October 2, 2008, through October 4, 
     2008, is an appropriate week to designate as ``Celebrate Safe 
     Communities'' week: Now, therefore, be it
       Resolved, That the Senate--
       (1) designates the week of October 2, 2008, through October 
     4, 2008, as ``Celebrate Safe Communities'' week;
       (2) commends the efforts of the thousands of local law 
     enforcement agencies and their countless community partners 
     who are educating and engaging residents of all ages in the 
     fight against crime;
       (3) asks communities across the country to consider how the 
     Celebrate Safe Communities initiative can help them highlight 
     local successes in the fight against crime; and
       (4) encourages the National Sheriffs' Association and the 
     National Crime Prevention Council to continue to promote, 
     during Celebrate Safe Communities week and year-round, 
     individual and collective action in collaboration with law 
     enforcement and other supporting local agencies to reduce 
     crime and build safer communities throughout the United 
     States.

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