LEGISLATIVE

Posted 6/5/15

 
FOP FIGHTS TO SAVE COPS HIRING PROGRAM

Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, applauded the leadership of Representatives David G. Reichert (R-VA) and William J. Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) and thanked them for introducing an amendment to add $100 million to hire State, local and tribal law enforcement officers to the appropriations bill that funds the U.S. Department of Justice.

“As co-chairmen of the House Law Enforcement Caucus, Representatives Reichert and Pascrell have been at the forefront on the critical law enforcement and officer safety issues,” Canterbury said. “Representative Reichert, himself a law enforcement veteran of more than 30 years, knows better than most what our members face on the streets every day and we’re grateful to him for his leadership and support.”

The amendment, H. Amdt. 271, was offered to H.R. 2578, the “Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016,” and adopted by voice vote. In his remarks in support of the amendment, Representative Reichert made clear the increase of $100 million to the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants program should be used to hire new law enforcement officers at the State, local and tribal level. Representative John A. Culberson (R-TX), Chairman of the Appropriation Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, acknowledged that Congressional intent in his floor remarks.

“This was a very important amendment to law enforcement as the hiring program administered by the Office on Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) was zeroed out and ended by Chairman Culberson and the other appropriators,” Canterbury said. “We will continue to fight to retain the hiring program in the COPS Office, but to succeed we will need to rely on allies like Representatives Reichert and Pascrell in the weeks and months ahead. This is by no means the last word on the issue.”

The House is expected to finish its work on H.R. 2578 today after which the bill will be submitted to the Senate for further action.

POLITICO covered the FOP’s work in support of this amendment, which you can read here:
http://www.politico.com/story/2015/06/congressional-policing-commission-house-gop-118539.html

The Fraternal Order of Police is the largest law enforcement labor organization in the United States, with more than 330,000 members.

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STATEMENT OF FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE NATIONAL PRESIDENT CHUCK CANTERBURY ON CHANGES TO FEDERAL EQUIPMENT PROGRAMS 05/18/2015
Today, the Obama Administration announced new prohibitions and restrictions on the types of equipment, in many cases surplus equipment already paid for by the American taxpayer, that can be transferred to local or State law enforcement agencies.

A series of recommendations made by the Law Enforcement Equipment Working Group creates a list of equipment that is prohibited and a list that is "controlled" and agencies seeking to acquire this equipment would be forced to take additional steps, making it a more arduous process.

The FOP was very disappointed that the "controlled" equipment list identified protective gear like anti-ballistic shields and helmets as well as armored vehicles, as this will make these defensive purchases much more difficult to obtain. Similarly, some less than lethal technologies have also been put on the "controlled" equipment list.

A quick glance at the litany of organizations that were contacted by the Working Group shows very clearly that the input and feedback provided by the Fraternal Order of Police and other law enforcement groups was drowned out as the changes announced today are not in line with our positions on these programs.

All of us know that this issue is not really about equipment. We ought not to be distracted by thinking the problem is with the types of equipment or how the equipment is procured. Instead, we need to focus on better command decision-making at the local and State level with respect to how and when the equipment is deployed in the field. This, and of course appropriate training for the officers who are directed to use the equipment, is critical.



 

 
 
 
 

 


FOP NEWS: DAY ON THE HILL 2015!!!

Your participation in this year's Day on the Hill is of critical importance as the 114th Congress will be sworn in early next year. We need to make our voices heard at the start of this First Session and work hard to ensure that our issues are considered in the next two years. Please attend if you can­we need your participation!!!

The FOP Day on The Hill 2015 will begin on Monday, 9 February 2015. The National Legislative Office and the National Legislative Committee will host a short briefing on our legislative agenda. The briefing will take place on Monday afternoon at D.C. Lodge #1 and last approximately one hour.

Tuesday and Wednesday, 10-11 February, will be devoted to your meetings with Members from your home States and districts. These appointments should be made in advance!!! Event participants should make every effort to have their Representative or Senator attend the meeting along with the appropriate staff person.

Accommodations for Day on the Hill Participants
The National Legislative Office has arranged for accommodations at the Hyatt Place Hotel at 33 New York Avenue, NE. The hotel is located just a few blocks from the Metro, making it easy for you to move around the city.

The rate is $179 per night, and you must identify yourself as part of the Fraternal Order of Police to get this special rate. Make your reservations now by calling 202-289-5599 or visit:
http://www.washingtondcuscapitol.place.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html?corp_id=G-FRAP


The cut-off date for reservations is 16 January 2015, so don't delay--make that reservation today!!!


The cut-off date for reservations is 16 January 2015, so don't delay--make that reservation today!!!



 
 
 

 

 
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Washington Watch: Legislative Update
For the Week of 20 July 2015

I. Legislative News and Activity
II. This Week in Congress
III. Update on Top Legislative Priorities
IV. Follow the FOP National Legislative Office on Twitter


I. LEGISLATIVE NEWS AND ACTIVITY
Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson represented the FOP at the White House Community Policing Forum.

Legislative Liaison Marisa Beam attended a briefing hosted by Representative F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-WI), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security on Investigations, about the high fiscal and social costs of lengthy prison sentences for taxpayers and families, and how to create a safer, smarter system.

Legislative Liaison Beam also met with M. Kendall Day and Alice W. Dery, the Chief and Deputy Chief of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section of the U.S. Department of Justice to discuss asset forfeiture reform.


II. THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS
Both chambers returned to session this week.

Action in the House
The House considered and passed H.R. 3009, the "Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act," on a 241-179 vote. The bill, which would penalize local and State law enforcement officers by withholding Federal funds from programs administered by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and funding from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne-JAG) programs from so-called "sanctuary cities." The bill now goes to the Senate for further action and the White House has stated it would veto the bill should it pass that chamber.

The FOP opposes any amendment, bill or other legislative effort which would reduce or withhold funding or resources from any Federal program for local and State law enforcement. If Congress wishes to effect policy changes in these cities, it must find another way to do so and not coerce our nation's local governments by jeopardizing the safety of the public and our members.

Actions in House Committees
The Committee on the Judiciary's Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security held a hearing entitled: "Sanctuary Cities: A Threat to Public Safety."


Action in the Senate
The Senate invoked cloture to end debate on S. 1177, the "Every Child Achieves Act," and then passed the bill on a 81-17 vote. The measure will now go to the House for further consideration.

Action in Senate Committees
The Committee on the Judiciary considered and favorably reported an amendment in the nature of a substitute to S. 1169, the "Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act," on a voice vote. The measure will now go to the Senate floor for further consideration.

The Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing entitled: “With Prejudice: Supreme Court Activism and Possible Solutions."


III. UPDATE ON TOP LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES
For the complete list of cosponsors for all of our top legislative priorities, or to find out if your Representative and Senators are cosponsors of specific bills, check out http://thomas.loc.gov.

A. Support H.R. 973, the "Social Security Fairness Act"
We added 1 cosponsor to H.R. 973, bringing our current total up to 111.

We currently have 16 cosponsors on S. 1651.


B. Support the H.R. 2254, the"Law Enforcement Officers' Equity Act"
We have 1 cosponsor on H.R. 2254.


C. Support Section 1042 of H.R. 1735 to Grant Statutory Arrest Authority to Civilian DoD Law Enforcement
The conference committee is still considering H.R. 1735, the "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016," and the FOP is working to ensure that the provision in Section 1042 is retained in the final report.

Final action by the conference committee had been scheduled for this week, and then was pushed into next week. However, there are still some deep difference on the detention center in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and changes to the Pentagon’s buying system. It now appears more likely that the legislation will not be considered until September.


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Posted 8/6/2012

 

Attached, you will find a letter detailing the upcoming change in the third party administrator of the National Fraternal Order of Police Legal Plan.
The National Fraternal Order of Police Legal Plan Board.
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Posted 5/11/2012

Govenors Proclamations:

Virginia Public Services

Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial Week

Correctional Officer's Week


Posted 5/10/12

FOP Releases Score Card System for Members of Congress


Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, announced the release of the FOP Scorecard System earlier today to help State and local lodge evaluate their Congressmen and Senators in the upcoming election cycle.

“The ability for a member or Lodge to look at the grading system and see where their member ‘grades out’ will provide them with the necessary information to make an informed decision and will provide Lodge Leadership information to keep their members informed,” Canterbury said. “It is vital that we stop endorsing candidates that say all the right things but don’t do them in Washington. It will be rare for a candidate to always be with us on every issue, but on our list of priorities it is essential that they walk the walk, not just talk the talk.”

Developed as a tool that State and local lodges can use in assessing their Members of Congress for use in the endorsement process, the Scorecard System is meant to be used in conjunction with the Congressional Questionnaires. Each Member is evaluated on their votes and bill cospsonsorships on public safety and labor issues in the 112th Congress.

The Scorecard System will be available through the Members Only section of the FOP website and will be updated regularly.

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Posted 10/17/2011

 

FOP-IAFF TEAM UP WITH VICE PRESIDENT AND SENATE LEADERS
ON PUBLIC SAFETY

Police, Firefighters, Vice President Biden and Senate Leaders United on Public Safety Funding

Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, applauded his counterpart, Harold A. Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) for hosting an event in Washington, D.C., with Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., and Senate leaders to highlight the Administration’s proposal to provide Federal assistance to local and State public safety agencies.

“Thousands of law enforcement and other public safety officers have been laid off around the country,” Canterbury said. “This is making our streets and neighborhoods less safe and putting emergency responders at greater risk because we do not have the resources we need to protect the public.”

Today’s event is a follow up to a similar event held last week at a fire department in Flint, Michigan. National President Canterbury and General President Schaitberger both accompanied Vice President Biden and spoke in support of the Administration’s proposal to provide $4 billion for the hiring program administered by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and $1 billion for similar programs administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Maryland State Lodge President John A. “Rodney” Barlett, Jr., a twenty-one year veteran of Prince George’s County Police Department and a former Sheriff, spoke on behalf of the National FOP at today’s event, telling the officers and firefighters in attendance:
Many of the politicians working in this building say that we simply have to do more with less. More with less. We keep hearing that, but what they do NOT tell you is what that really means. It means there will be less cops on the street and more crime in your neighborhoods. It means more time to get a fire under control because there will be less firefighters and equipment responding when your home catches fire. It means more crimes will go uninvestigated and less criminals caught and prosecuted. It means your family will be less safe and the officers on the street will be in more danger.

The hiring program administered by the COPS Office has been part of our nation’s crime-fighting strategy for nearly two decades. Community oriented policing, zero tolerance, the broken windows theory, cops on the street. Abandoning these approaches is not a new public safety strategy, this is a public safety disaster. We cannot let this happen to our communities.
The event was streamed live at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/back-to-work-act

“We are very grateful to Vice President Biden and our allies in the Senate who are supporting us while we try and keep the streets safe,” Canterbury said.


 

Posted 9/8/2011

VICE PRESIDENT BRIEFS FOP LEADERS ON ADMINISTRATION’S JOBS PLAN
$4 Billion for COPS Hiring Program

Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, joined Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on a conference call with other law enforcement leaders to brief them on elements of the Administration’s jobs plan which will be laid out by President Barack H. Obama II in a speech to a joint session of Congress tonight.

Vice President Biden revealed that the Administration will call on Congress to make $4 billion available for the hiring program administered by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). He noted that there were approximately 30,000 unfilled law enforcement positions nationwide and more than 10,000 officers who have been laid off in just the past year.

In 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided the COPS program $1 billion dollars, yet the office received nearly $8 billion in requests. In the most recent fiscal year, the COPS office received only $300,000 and received more than $5 billion in funding requests.

“These requests demonstrate a legitimate need in law enforcement,” said Vice President Biden. “We do not need to apologize. This funding is needed. There is a direct correlation between the number of officers and the safety of officers on the beat.”

Vice President Biden also singled out the FOP specifically, thanking them for our past support and describing us as a “great friend.” He exhorted our members to stand with him in the battles to come. The funding will be more flexible than previous hiring programs and allow Federal monies to be used to hire, rehire or retain law enforcement officers.

Canterbury, who was the first caller to be recognized by the Vice President, said, “We will be there for you and for the COPS program, just as we have been since 1994.”

The Vice President also mentioned the Administration’s efforts to develop and pass legislation to allocate the “D Block” of spectrum directly to public safety and use $10 billion from the sale of other spectrum to fund the build out of a nationwide broadband network for public safety. The sale of other spectrum is anticipated to raise more than $28 billion in revenue, which many will insist be diverted for other purposes. The Vice President vowed to fight to make sure that $10 billion went to fund the public safety network.

“As you know, Mr. Vice President, the FOP immediately endorsed your approach once you pledged that the network build out would be funded by revenues from the auction,” Canterbury said on the call. “It was your efforts that brought us aboard and we fully support this shared goal.”

The Vice President closed the call by remarking, “If there is any definition of a middle-class American, it’s a cop.” He said the Administration’s plan is designed for middle class Americans and to help them keep their homes and to keep or find a job. The plan would reduce payroll taxes by half, putting more than a thousand dollars annually in the pocket of working Americans.

“This is not a problem that we can deal with on a local, State or regional basis,” Canterbury said following the call. “This is a national issue and must be addressed at the national level.”

National Vice President Ed Brannigan, Executive Director Jim Pasco and Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson were also on the call.


Posted 7/21/2011

CALL TO ACTION
Ask Your Members to Help Restore Funding to COPS, Byrne-JAG, and SCAAP

Since the enactment of the FY2011 spending bills in February, the FOP has been working with our allies on Capitol Hill to build support for the Federal programs of greatest interest to our nation’s law enforcement officers: the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne-JAG) program, the hiring program administered by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP). You can read National President Canterbury's letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Appropriations concerning the cuts here.

The FOP and its partners in the law enforcement community have faced tough opposition, not just from historical opponents of the COPS Office, but also from politicians more interested in cutting programs than crafting policy. Last week, the House Appropriations Committee favorably reported a draft version of the Fiscal Year 2012 appropriations measure for the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies. The draft bill completely eliminates funding for the COPS Office and SCAAP, and imposes deep and unreasonable cuts to the Byrne-JAG program.

The current draft eliminates the hiring program administered by the COPS Office, which the FOP has identified as one of the most successful and vital programs assisting State and local law enforcement. The COPS Program has made more than $13.5 billion in awardsincluding $7.5 billion through its hiring program to advance the policy community policing nationwide. The COPS Program's awarding more than 42,400 community policing grants have added more than 100,000 police officers to our streets and funded more than 13,600 State, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies. Community policing has been a key component of our nation’s crime-fighting strategy for nearly two decades and, as a result, we have the lowest crime rates in our history. Reducing budgets at the cost of reducing public safety is not sound public policy and the FOP urges that the COPS Office and the grant programs it administers continue to be part of our national strategy.

To find out if your agency received COPS funding last year, please visit: http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/Default.asp?Item=2296

In addition, the draft legislation drastically and disproportionately reduces funding for the Byrne-JAG program, which has been cut sixteen percent below FY2011 levels and thirty percent below FY10 levels. The Byrne-JAG program is the cornerstone of our national crime prevention and crime-fighting strategy, enabling communities to target resources to their own needs. Critical collaboration occurs among local, State and Federal law enforcement agencies through multi-jurisdictional drug task forces using Byrne-JAG funds, enabling law enforcement agencies to join together in targeting regional drug trafficking organizations, gangs and other public safety threats.

To find out if your jurisdiction received funding through Byrne-JAG last year, please visit: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/grant/11jagallocations.html

The draft legislation also cuts funding for SCAAP, which provides Federal payments to State and local governments for the incarcerations of persons illegally present in the United States who have committed other serious crimes. The Federal government has asserted quite forcefully that the enforcement of immigration law is the province of the Federal government and has made the deportation of dangerous criminal aliens a priority. It is at variance with common sense and abhorrent to public policy to burden State and local agencies with costs directly associated with these alien offenders.

To find out if your agency or jurisdiction received funding last year, please visit: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/grant/scaap_site.html

The FOP will continue to work with our allies in Congress to ensure that these programs receive adequate funding for FY2012. But your Senators and Representatives need to hear from you. We need you to call your Members of Congress and urge them to support you, and your State and local law enforcement agencies by ensuring that these programs are funded in FY2012.

Tell them:
  • The COPS program has been a critical component of the fight against crime for nearly 20 years. During this time, crime rates have dropped to historic lows. Fewer officers on the street means more crime in our communities.
  • Byrne-JAG monies help keep vital anti-drug, anti-gang and other multi-jurisdictional task forces operating. Criminals do not respect jurisdictional boundaries, and Byrne-JAG programs help law enforcement agencies cooperate against public safety threats.
  • Enforcing Federal immigration law is a Federal responsibility, but State and local agencies are often forced to hold criminal aliens at their own cost, draining resources which could be better used in the community. The SCAAP reimburses State and local agencies for shouldering this Federal responsibility
To find out who your representatives are as well as their contact information, please visit: http://www.house.gov and http://www.senate.gov

Posted 4/17/2011
Social Security Fairness Act Introduced in the House
H.R. 1332: Repeal of WEP and GPO

 

Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, welcomed the introduction of H.R. 1332, the “Social Security Fairness Act.” in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“For more than ten years now, the FOP has been pushing for this repeal,” Canterbury said.  “Congress knows this issue well because it’s held six hearings on this issue in last few years.  The repeal of the WEP and GPO should be part of the discussion as Congress grapples with fiscal reform.”
                 
The bill was introduced in the House by Representatives Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-CA) and Howard L. Berman (D-CA).  The bill, which already has forty-eight (48) cosponsors, would repeal both the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and the Government Pension Offset (GPO) in current Social Security law.

The Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) affects workers who spent some time in jobs not covered by Social Security and also worked other jobs where they paid Social Security taxes long enough to qualify for retirement benefits.  The provision has a disproportionate effect on law enforcement officers, who retire earlier than most other public employees and are more likely to begin a second career after they leave law enforcement.  Officers in this position are penalized and may have their Social Security benefit reduced by up to sixty (60%) percent.

“The WEP substantially reduces a benefit that workers had included and counted on when planning their retirement, and it substantially penalizes lower paid public employees with short careers or, like many retired law enforcement officers, those whose careers are evenly split inside and outside the Social Security system,” Canterbury explained.  “This is a loss of benefits to which they are entitled, not an adjustment for a ‘windfall.’”

Like the WEP, the Government Pension Offset was adopted to shore up the finances of the Social Security trust fund.  This “offset” law reduces by two-thirds the benefit received by surviving spouses who also collect a government pension. 

“Nine out of ten times,” Canterbury said, “this so-called ‘offset’ completely eliminates the spousal benefit even though the covered spouse paid Social Security taxes for many years, thereby earning the right to these benefits.”
                                                     

“The WEP and GPO provisions do not eliminate a windfall for workers, instead they have proved to be a windfall for the Federal government at the expense of public employees.  That’s not right and it’s not fair,” he said.  “Congress should repeal these inequitable provisions and pass the ‘Social Security Fairness Act.’”

 

 

 


10/13/2010

President Signs LEOSA Amendments Bill!!!
 

Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, thanked President Barack H. Obama II, who kept his word and signed S. 1132, the "Law Enforcement Officers' Safety Act Improvements Act," into law this evening.

"Many of our retired officers, who had been facing significant hurdles because some States have failed to implement the law as intended by Congress. will now be able to overcome those obstacles," Canterbury said.

The legislation, which was crafted by Senator Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT), Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary and author of the original statute, will improve certain provisions of the Law Enforcement Officers' Safety Act (LEOSA), especially with respect to retired law enforcement officers. Chairman Leahy worked hand-in-hand with the FOP to develop the legislation, which also makes clear that law enforcement officers employed by the Amtrak and Federal Reserve Police Departments, as well as those employed by the executive branch of the Federal Government who are classified as GS-0083s--especially the U.S. Department of Defense--meet the definition of "qualified law enforcement officer" in current law. The new law also lowers the aggregate years of service needed to meet the definition of "qualified retired law enforcement officer" from fifteen (15) to ten (10) and removes confusing language related to that same definition.

"No other law enforcement organizations or police groups took played any role in its successful passage despite intense interest in the bill on the part of active and retired officers," Canterbury said. "The FOP made this bill a top priority and we got it done."

The Fraternal Order of Police is the largest law enforcement labor organization in the country with more than 328,000 members.



 


 9/30/2010

House Passes LEOSA Amendments Bill!!!
S. 1132 will go to the President to be signed into law

Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, hailed action in the U.S. House of Representatives, which passed S. 1132, the “Law Enforcement Officers’ Safety Act Improvements Act,” last night by voice vote under a suspension of the rules.

Senator Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT), the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, was the sponsor of S. 1132.  With the active support of the Judiciary Committee’s Ranking Member, Senator Jefferson B. Sessions III (R-AL), the legislation was favorably reported by that committee in March of this year and passed by unanimous consent in May. 

“I want to express my deep appreciation to Chairman Leahy and Majority Leader Hoyer for their commitment to this issue,” Canterbury said.  “Both of these gentlemen are FOP champions who worked very hard, first to win passage in the Senate and then to get the bill on the calendar for action in the House before the end of the regular session.  They deserve a lot of the credit for today’s victory.”

The House companion bill, H.R. 3752, as introduced by Representative J. Randy Forbes (R-VA) and championed by Representatives Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD), the House Majority Leader, and Lamar S. Smith (R-TX), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee. Representative Robert C. Scott (D-VA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security and an opponent of the original LEOSA, had previously announced his intention to hold the bill in subcommittee, which would have killed the bill for the year.  FOP members in his home State and District, as well as continuous contact with the FOP’s Washington staff and personal contact with Chairman Leahy eventually prevailed on Rep. Scott to release the bill for a floor vote.

“Many of our retired officers are facing significant hurdles because some States have failed to implement the law as intended by Congress.  This bill, which the President has promised to sign,  will help them overcome those obstacles,” Canterbury said.

The bill, which was crafted in large part by the FOP, was given a high priority by the organization.  No other law enforcement organizations or police groups took played any role in its successful passage despite intense interest in the bill on the part of active and retired officers.  The legislation will improve certain provisions of the Law Enforcement Officers’ Safety Act (LEOSA), especially with respect to retired law enforcement officers, and will make clear that law enforcement officers employed by the Amtrak and Federal Reserve Police Departments, as well as those employed by the executive branch of the Federal Government who are classified as a GS-0083 branch–especially the U.S. Department of Defense–meet the definition of “qualified law enforcement officer” in current law.  The bill would also lower the aggregate years of service needed to meet the definition of “qualified retired law enforcement officer” from fifteen (15) to ten (10) and removes confusing language related to that same definition. 

The bill will be transmitted to the President to be signed into law.

The Fraternal Order of Police is the largest law enforcement labor organization in the country with more than 328,000 members.


 

 


Posted 3/5/2010

 


                                   SENATE COMMITTEE APPROVES LEOSA BILL!!!

Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, welcomed today’s news that S. 1132, the “Law Enforcement Officers’ Safety Act Improvements Act,” was favorably reported by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on a unanimous voice vote.

“I want to first express my deep appreciation to Chairman Leahy for his commitment to this issue,” Canterbury said.  “I know he’s been trying to move the bill for us since late last year, and his persistence paid off today.”

Senator Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT), the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, is also the sponsor of S. 1132.  He had repeatedly placed the legislation on the Judiciary Committee’s agenda, but the weather, pressing nominations, and the threat of controversial amendments forced him to hold the bill over on several occasions.  The bill had broad bipartisan support with Senator Jefferson B. Sessions III (R-AL), the Committee’s Ranking Member, and Jon Kyl (R-AZ) as lead cosponsors.

“We’re very fortunate to have a champion like Chairman Leahy and strong supporters like Senator Sessions,” Canterbury said.  “Many of our retired officers are facing significant hurdles because some States have failed to implement the law as intended by Congress; this bill will really help them overcome those obstacles.”

The bill would improve certain provisions of the Law Enforcement Officers’ Safety Act (LEOSA), especially with respect to retired law enforcement officers, and would make clear that law enforcement officers employed by the Amtrak and Federal Reserve Police Departments, as well as those employed by the executive branch of the Federal Government who are classified as a GS-0083 meet the definition of “qualified law enforcement officer” in current law.  The bill would also lower the aggregate years of service needed to meet the definition of “qualified retired law enforcement officer” from fifteen (15) to ten (10) and removes confusing language related to that same definition.  The bill will now move to the Senate floor for further consideration.



 


 
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