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FOP Update - November 5, 2021

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LEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITYNational President Patrick Yoes, National Secretary Jimmy Holderfield,National 2nd Vice President Steve Weiler, National Sergeant-at-ArmsKeith Turney and National Trustees Chairman Rob Pride joined the NewJersey State FOP and President Bob Fox at Philadelphia FOP Lodge #5for an event to celebrate the life of Brother Wayne Winkler, who passedaway on 1 May 2021. FOP leaders traveled from across the country tocelebrate his life with his son, Brian Winkler, and our brothers and sistersfrom the New Jersey FOP. Brother Winkler served with the Moorestown Police Department for 26years, retiring with the rank of Sergeant. He was the founding memberand first President of the Moorestown FOP Lodge #109. Brother Winklerserved as the New Jersey State FOP Secretary for more than twodecades. Brother Winkler leaves behind his wife of 44 years, Sandra, and issurvived by his son Brian, his sister Denise Winkler, and his grandchildrenGemma and Kyleigh Winkler.

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LEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITYNational President Patrick Yoes gave numerous media interviews inregard to law enforcement line-of-duty deaths, the crime wave manycities across America are experiencing as well as the COVID-19pandemic.National Vice President Joe Gamaldi joined Fox News' HarrisFaulkner to discuss the recent vote in Minneapolis on whether or notto disband the police department, Austin's decision to reject hiringmore officers, and the problem the Seattle police are having withretaining officers.

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LEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITYExecutive Director Jim Pasco spoke with U.S. Homeland SecuritySecretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas regarding our nation's borderissues. Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with John Cohen from the U.S.Homeland Security's Office of Intelligence and Analysis regardingthe uncorroborated reports of a potential threat to public safety atmalls and shopping centers in the Northern Virginia area last week. Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with U.S. Associate AttorneyGeneral Vanita Gupta regarding criminal justice reform efforts.

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LEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITYExecutive Director Jim Pasco gave numerous media interviews inregard to criminal justice reform, the nationwide increase in violentcrime, and the key takeaways from Tuesday's elections.Executive Director Jim Pasco also gave numerous media interviewspertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccinations and theimpacts on public safety. The National FOP believes in the sciencebehind the COVID-19 vaccines and that vaccinations work to preventpeople from becoming infected by or transmitting COVID-19.However, the National FOP continues to believe that whether or not toaccept the vaccine is a personal decision. Cities and states are unlikely to see many new "defund thepolice" proposals after Minneapolis voters on Tuesday rejecteda ballot measure to overhaul the city's police department, oneof the nation's largest police unions tells Axios.What they're saying: "I believe, by and large, that ship hassailed," said Jim Pasco, executive director of the FraternalOrder of Police, a national police organization that represents356,000 officers... "I'm not aware of anything as draconian aswas proposed in Minneapolis," Pasco said.B y R u s s e l l C o n t r e r a s1 1 / 4 / 2 0 2 1

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LEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITYSenior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson discussed draft legislationamending the Healthcare Enhancement for Local Public Safety(HELPS) Retirees Act with staff in the offices of RepresentativeSteven J. Chabot (R-OH) and Abigail A. Spanberger (D-VA).Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative LiaisonDavid Taboh discussed FOP priorities and legislative issues related tofentanyl with staff in the office of Representative Samuel B. Graves,Jr. (R-MO).Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson discussed draft legislationon mental probate records with staff in the office of RepresentativeW. Troy Balderson (R-OH). Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson had a virtual conferencecall with Erin Murphy, Senior Policy Advisor for Criminal Justice onthe White House's Domestic Policy Council, and Tona Boyd, SpecialCounsel and Special Assistant to the President in the Office of theWhite House Counsel. #FOPSTRONG#FOPSTRONG#FOPSTRONG#FOPSTRONG#FOPSTRONG

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THIS WEEK IN WASHINGTONThe House may vote this evening or over the weekend on H.R. 5376,the “Build Back Better Act.” This bill includes $1.75 trillion of fundingto combat climate change, expand health care coverage, combat childpoverty, and provides paid family leave among other provisions. Ifpassed, this bill would be transmitted to the Senate for consideration. The House may also vote on the Senate Amendment to H.R. 3684, the"Infrastructure Investment Jobs Act." This bill addresses provisionsrelated to federal-aid highway, transit, highway safety, and railprograms administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Ifpassed without amendment, this bill would be transmitted to thePresident to be signed into law. If the House amends the bill, it wouldreturn to the Senate for further action.The House Committee on Homeland Security's subcommittee onEmergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery held a hearingentitled: "20 Years After 9/11: Examining Emergency Communications(Part 2)."The House Committee on Homeland Security held a hearing entitled:"Evolving the U.S. Approach to Cybersecurity: Raising the Bar Todayto Meet the Threats of Tomorrow."

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THIS WEEK IN WASHINGTONThe Senate Committee on Judiciary held a hearing entitled: "CleaningUp Online Marketplaces: Protecting Against Stolen, Counterfeit, andUnsafe Goods"The Senate Committee on Judiciary held a hearing to considernumerous judicial nominations as well as S. 2342, the "Ending ForcedArbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act." The Senate considered and rejected S. 4, the "John R. Lewis VotingRights Advancement Act," on a 50-49 vote. The legislation wouldhave updated the Voting Rights Act of 1965.The Senate considered and passed S. 1511, the “ProtectingAmerica’s First Responders Act,” by unanimous consent. The bill willnow be transmitted to the President to be signed into law. This billwill update the PSOB disability determinations and the definitionsmaking it more consistent with existing Federal law and greatlyimprove the ability of our injured and disabled officers to have theirclaims processed more fairly and more quickly as well as providingfor an extension of the COVID-19 presumption for the Public SafetyOfficers’ Benefits program.

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TOP LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIESCOSPONSORS57235178The “Law Enforcement Officers’ Equity Act" would expand the definition of "lawenforcement officer" for salary and retirement benefits to include all Federal lawenforcement officers.The “Social Security Fairness Act” would repeal both the "Windfall EliminationProvision" and the "Government Pension Offset" in current Social Security law.The “Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act” would recognize the right oflaw enforcement and other public safety officers to bargain collectively with theiremployers.COSPONSORS92819COSPONSORS110COSPONSORS217756COSPONSORS43632+ 3 NEW+ 2 NEW+ 1 NEW+ 1 NEW

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LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIESThe "LEOSA Reform Act" would amend the Law Enforcement Officers' Safety Act(LEOSA), which exempts qualified active and retired law enforcement officers fromlocal and State prohibitions on the carriage of concealed firearms, to ensure thatthese officers are able to carry in the same venues as civilian concealed carrypermit holders in areas like schools and national parks, as well as use publictransportation and extends the exemption to magazine capacity and would allowactive and retired law enforcement officers to access services at U.S. post offices,Social Security Administration offices or Veterans Affairs facilities.COSPONSORS220COSPONSORS51521The "Protect and Serve Act" would make it a Federal crime to target a lawenforcement officer with an assault that results in seriously bodily harm or death.COSPONSORS23230COSPONSORS43485MORE RESOURCES ON OUR LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIESFULL LIST OF LEGISLATION SUPPORTED BY THE FOP

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FOP NEWSROOMThe National FOP reports that as of midnighton October 31, there have been 281 officersshot in the line of duty so far this year, 52 ofwhom were killed by gunfire. There have been86 ambush-style attacks on law enforcementofficers this year... READ MOREMonthly Update: Officers Shot and KilledCities and states are unlikely to see many new"defund the police" proposals after Minneapolisvoters on Tuesday rejected a ballot measure tooverhaul the city's police department, one ofthe nation's largest police... READ MOREPolice union: "Draconian" reformsunlikely after Minneapolis vote [Axios]Ambush-style attacks on police officers are up139% this year compared to 2020, going from36 to 86, according to a national police union.At least 109 officers have been shot in the 86ambush-style attacks this year... READ MOREAmbush attacks on police up 139%,report finds [Washington Times]Fraternal Order of Police National VP, JoeGamaldi, sounded off Wednesday on "TheFaulkner Focus" after Austin, Texas votersrejected a proposal to hire... READ MORELiberal Austin leaders blasted byFraternal Order of Police VP as votersreject hiring more cops [Fox News]

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FOP NEWSROOM“I have watched enough videos of an officerwho is not on edge enough, and his dashcamfilms his own death,” said Larry James, generalcounsel of the National Fraternal Order ofPolice. "What are you going to... READ MOREWhy so many police traffic stops turndeadly [New York Times]Philadelphia's mayor ordered policeWednesday to stop pulling over drivers for low-level offenses that critics say lead todisproportionate stops of minority drivers,making Philadelphia the largest... READ MOREDriving Equality Law: Philadelphia banstraffic stops for minor infractions [Fox 29]Democratic political strategist James Carvilleblamed his party's recent losses and weakperformance in state elections on "stupidwokeness" on Wednesday... READ MORECarville blames 'stupid wokeness' forDemocratic losses [The Hill]The Department of Justice’s Office ofCommunity Oriented Policing Services (COPSOffice) announced today $44.5 million infunding to support state-level... READ MORECOPS Office Announces Funding toCombat Illegal Opioids andMethamphetamine

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FOP UPDATE: OFFICERS SHOT + KILLEDThe National Fraternal Order of Police reports that as of midnight onOctober 31, there have been 281 officers shot in the line of duty so farthis year, 52 of whom were killed by gunfire. There have been 86ambush-style attacks on law enforcement officers this year (+139%from 2020 YTD), which have resulted in 109 officers shot, 26 of whomwere killed. The number of ambush-style attacks listed does notaccount for the ambush-style attacks that resulted in no officers shot.VIEW THE MONTHLY OFFICERS SHOT & KILLED UPDATE

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SOCIAL SECURITYThis is About Fairness! UrgeCongress to Pass the "SocialSecurity Fairness Act."TAKE ACTIONFEDERAL OFFICERSSupport Our Federal Officers byPassing the "Law EnforcementOfficers' Equity Act."TAKE ACTIONLEOSA REFORMSupport Active and Retired LawEnforcement Officers by Passingthe "LEOSA Reform Act."TAKE ACTIONPROTECT AND SERVEUrge Congress to Protect OurPolice Officers and Pass the"Protect and Serve Act."TAKE ACTIONVACCINE MANDATESWe Must Keep Our COVID-19Heroes Employed! TellCongress to Pass S. 3079! TAKE ACTIONFOP ACTION CENTERCOLLECTIVE BARGAININGWe Must Fight for the Right toBargain Collectively! UrgeCongress to Pass H.R. 3225.TAKE ACTION

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Been Exposed?Are You Sick?READ MOREREAD MOREVIEW A STATE-BY-STATE BREAKDOWNThe National FOP provided memberswith information, released by theDepartment of Homeland Security,regarding border entry for fullyvaccinated, non-citizen travelers. COVID-19 Information for Law EnforcementProtecting Public Safety and HealthFRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICENOVEMBER 1:W W W . F O P C O V I D 1 9 . O R GThe National FOP provided memberswith information, released by the Foodand Drug Administration, regardingCOVID-19 vaccine shots for children 5-11years old. NOVEMBER 2:COVID-19 ACTIVITYREAD MORE READ MORE

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The Collaborative Reform Initiative Technical Assistance Center (CRI-TAC)provides no cost, customized technical assistance solutions designed tomeet the unique needs of state, local, tribal, & campus law enforcementagencies throughout the U.S.The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) provides innovative leadership tofederal, state, local, and tribal justice systems, by disseminating state-of-theart knowledge and practices across America, and providing grants for theimplementation of these crime fighting strategies. The COPS Office awards grants to hire community policing professionals,develop and test innovative policing strategies, and provide training andtechnical assistance to community members, local government leaders, andall levels of law enforcement.VISIT WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATIONVISIT WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATIONVISIT WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION

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The Fraternal Order of Police is committed to improving theworking conditions of law enforcement officers and the safety ofthose we serve through education, legislation, information,community involvement, and employee representation. Our challenge to you is to have each and every FOP member inyour department, lodge, and State commit $5.00 a month to theNFOP PAC. Please contact the National Legislative Office to learnabout the various ways you can contribute to the NFOP PAC.The NFOP PAC is the power behindour organization's punch on CapitolHill, representing its members inthe most effective way possible. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEECAN YOU CHIP IN $5?DONATEClick Here

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