Most large cities in the United States spend between 25 and 35 percent of their overall municipal budgets on policing. City leaders in Oakland, California spend 41 percent on police services while those in charge of New York City spend a mere 8 percent on law enforcement. In New York City, public safety is no longer a high priority, and the results of this de-emphasis on law and order is being felt by people who visit and live in the city. The contempt the major and his city council have for New York City police officers has emboldened cop-hating mobs that vandalize police vehicles and attack officers. The quality of life in the city for criminals has improved at the expense of the police and the law abiding citizens who relay on them for protection.