Public concern over high crime rates throughout the 1960s led President Lyndon Johnson's administration to authorize federal funds for the improvement of state and local police. The Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act (OCCSSA) of 1968 assisted state and local governments in reducing the incidence of crime, and it increased the effectiveness, fairness, and coordination of law enforcement and criminal justice systems at all levels of government. The act focused on regulating firearm sales, established the Bureau of Justice Statistics, and created ...

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