Grassley and Ernst meet with City of Davenport officials to discuss public safety

WASHINGTON – The senses. Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) this week met with Davenport Mayor Mike Matson, Police Chief Jeffery Bladel and other enforcement officials of Law and the City of Quad Cities to discuss public safety priorities. The meetings focused on how federal law enforcement resources can better support local efforts to reduce violent crime.

Click HERE for a downloadable video of Grassley and Ernst discussing the reunion, as well as a B-roll and photos from their reunions.

“I appreciated having another opportunity to discuss federal law enforcement funding and resources for the Quad Cities area with city leaders. As we continue to coordinate at the local and federal levels to reduce violent crime rates and protect our communities, I will continue to leverage my senior position on the Judiciary Committee to ensure local law enforcement have the federal resources to keep dangerous criminals off our streets. “, said Grassley.

“I enjoyed the meaningful conversations I had with Mayor Matson and Chief Bladel about their efforts to protect and serve the Quad Cities,” Ernest said. “The City of Davenport and the Davenport Police Department are important partners to work with as we work to address rising crime, the fentanyl epidemic and other public safety issues. I look forward to our continued partnership with them as we work to keep the people of Iowa safe.

“As we work to reduce violent crime in Davenport and the Quad Cities, I am thrilled with the collaboration between our local law enforcement and city officials,” Chief Bladel said. “Working with our federal delegation to bring more resources to the Quad Cities will only strengthen the efforts we have already undertaken together.”

“I want to thank Senator Ernst and Senator Grassley for their continued support of law enforcement and our region,” said Mayor Matson. “I look forward to continuing the collaboration with our senators as we advocate for more federal resources in the Quad City metropolitan area.”

In June, Grassley organized a round table discussion with several law enforcement officials, including Scott County Sheriff Tim Lane and Davenport Police Chief Paul Sikorski to discuss staffing needs and rising crime.
Recently, a number of Grassley-led bills supporting law enforcement passed the Senate with bipartisan support, including the Invest to Protect Act. This bipartisan bill aims to provide $250 million over the next five years to small law enforcement agencies across the country. This funding will help these local services invest in training, equipment, mental health support, and officer recruitment and retention.