Brothers and Sisters,
As I’m sure you are all aware, now is a difficult time to be a Law Enforcement officer in this country. Our profession is constantly under attack from a small, but very vocal, segment of our society. The media plays to their vitriol by giving them a national voice. Every time our officers go to work, they not only risk their lives, they are risking their livelihoods, now more than ever.
As we have all witnessed, Law Enforcement professionals are being fired and disciplined continuously for trying to do what is right. In addition to that, they are now being indicted for on duty shootings. In Virginia alone, three officers have been indicted in the past year for shootings that occurred while on duty. Officers were indicted in Norfolk, for 2nd Degree Manslaughter, in Fairfax County for 2nd Degree Murder, and in Portsmouth, for Murder and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a felony. In Portsmouth and Fairfax, the officers were fired. What adds to this tragedy is that these officers had no type of legal protection. They are now faced with footing the bill to pay for their legal defense. We have the means to change that.
As leaders of this organization, I urge each of you to educate your selves on the F.O.P. Legal Defense Plan and stress to your officers how important this plan is. When compared to the cost for legal representation, the cost of the plan is minimal. For $282.00 a year, officers are covered for Administrative, Civil, and Criminal proceedings that may arise out of the mere performance of their duties. In certain instances, they may be covered for activating themselves while off duty. Over a 25 year career, that amounts to $7,050.00. That is probably less than an officer would be forced to pay for a retainer fee for an attorney should he or she have the need for one. The plan also offers a one-time payment of 3 days’ pay or $500.00., whichever is less, if an officer is suspended and chooses not to appeal the suspension.
The Board of Trustees of the plan is comprised of F.O.P. members; in other words, cops. Those who have been there and done that.
I implore you to please take a few minutes of your time and take a look at the plan. Go to the National F.O.P. website, click on the Legal Defense bar, click the learn more bar, and click the plan booklet bar. You can print the complete plan booklet out. In this very volatile climate against Law Enforcement, it is imperative that we as leaders of this organization better educate ourselves so that we can better educate our members and offer them not only legal protection, but peace of mine.
Should you have any questions, concerns, suggestions, or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me by email at email@example.com or by phone at 757-619-9786.
FOP FIGHTS TO SAVE COPS HIRING PROGRAMChuck 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:
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FOP NEWS: DAY ON THE HILL 2015!!!
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:
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!!!
2014 Legislative Agenda
Washington Watch: Legislative Update
For the Week of 14 September 2015
I. Legislative News and Activity
II. This Week in Congress
III. Update on Top Legislative Priorities
IV. FOP Cautions Members and Supporters Not to be Taken in by Scams
V. Follow the FOP National Legislative Office on Twitter
I. LEGISLATIVE NEWS AND ACTIVITY
National President Chuck Canterbury and Executive Director Jim Pasco met with Senator Jefferson B. Session III (R-AL) to discuss asset forfeiture reform, expansion of Federal hate crimes law to protect police, sentencing reform and other FOP priorities.
National President Canterbury and Executive Director Pasco showed solidarity with the FOP's fellow supporters of H.R. 1786/S. 928, the "James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act" during a Capitol Hill "fly-in" event.
National President Canterbury and Executive Director Pasco met with potential service providers to discuss a national media strategy for reflecting a positive view of law enforcement and police officers.
Executive Director Pasco spoke to W. Neil Eggleston, White House Counsel, regarding presidential appointments.
Executive Director Pasco met with Paul M. Rosen, Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Brian de Vallance, former Assistant Secretary of the Office of Legislative Affairs at the DHS, to discuss immigration issues.
Executive Director Pasco Michael Stenger, Assistant U.S. Senate Sergeant-at-Arms for Intelligence for State and Local Coordination, to discuss security issues prior to and during the visit of Pope Francis to Washington, D.C.
Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaison Mike Martin met with staff in the office of Representative Lamar S. Smith (R-PA)
to discuss S. 125, the "Bulletproof Vest Partnership Reauthorization Program," H.R. 1786, the "James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act." the FOP's hate crimes proposal and other criminal justice reform measures.
Senior Legislative Liaison Richardson and Legislative Liaison Martin met with staff in the office of Representative Randall M. Hultgren (R-IL) to discuss the FOP's hate crimes proposal and the Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) program.
Senior Legislative Liaison Richardson and Legislative Liaison Marisa Beam participated in a conference call of law enforcment organizations to discuss legislation reauthorizing the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.
Legislative Liaison Beam and Legislative Liaison Martin met with staff in the office of Representative Michael T. McCaul, Sr. (R-TX) to discuss possible legislation regarding the PSOB program.
II. THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS
The House and Senate were in session for part of the week after observing Rosh Hashanah.
Action in the House
The House is expected to vote on H.R. 3134, the "Defund Planned Parenthood Act," later this afternoon.
Action in House Committees
The Committee on Government Reform and Oversight held an oversight hearing on the Federal Air Marshals Service.
Action in the Senate
The Senate again failed to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the consideration of S. Amdt. 2640 to H.J. Res. 61, the "Hire More Heroes Act," on a 58-42 vote. The amendment is a resolution of disapproval of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action relating to the nuclear program of Iran.
Action in Senate Committees
The Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing entitled: "Reforming the Electronic Communications Privacy Act."
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 4 cosponsors to H.R. 973, bringing our current total up to 117.
We added 1 cosponsor to S. 1651, bringing our current total up to 17.
B. Support the H.R. 2254, the"Law Enforcement Officers' Equity Act"
We have 4 cosponsors 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. The conference committee is still working to finalize the report.
IV. FOP Cautions Members and Supporters Not to be Taken in by Scams
Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, cautioned FOP members to be wary of solicitations from individuals or organizations who may not be what they seem or who may not deliver on their promises.
“We all know what a difficult time it is right now to be a law enforcement officer,” Canterbury said. “It seems like we’re a target in every community. But we are fortunate to have a lot of people out there that do appreciate us and who do want to help us and keep us safe. It is important, however, to ensure that individuals or groups raising money to support law enforcement are legitimate.”
Canterbury said that most of the law enforcement organizations which reach out to the public are legitimate groups seeking support for worthy endeavors, but cautioned that there are those who will exploit the current social climate for their own gain and enrich themselves.
“Be cautious before making your donation. Just as you would not let a law enforcement officer into your home if you had any doubt as to whether or not he was in fact an officer, make sure before you open your wallet that you are not being deceived or taken advantage of,” he added.
The FOP advises all of our members and supporters to verify the legitimacy of the organization to which they are giving before making a contribution.
“We don’t want anyone who truly supports law enforcement officers to be taken advantage of,” Canterbury said.
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FOP-IAFF TEAM UP WITH VICE PRESIDENT AND SENATE LEADERSChuck 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.
ON PUBLIC SAFETY
Police, Firefighters, Vice President Biden and Senate Leaders United on Public Safety Funding
“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:
“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.
VICE PRESIDENT BRIEFS FOP LEADERS ON ADMINISTRATION’S JOBS PLAN
$4 Billion for COPS Hiring ProgramChuck 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.
CALL TO ACTIONSince 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.
Ask Your Members to Help Restore Funding to COPS, Byrne-JAG, and SCAAP
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.
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
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.
House Passes LEOSA
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.
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