Bay Area police chiefs in Washington seeking assistance

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr and Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan.

February 27, 2013 2:39:24 PM PST
San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr, Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan and California Attorney General Kamala Harris are on a trip together in Washington. They're lobbying Congress and the Justice Department for more money to hire state and local law enforcement officers.

The efforts come just two days before automatic federal spending cuts are set to take effect, unless Congress and the White House reach a compromise on a spending bill

Wednesday afternoon, Harris will join Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, to launch new legislation aimed at confiscating weapons from people prohibited from having them.