WEEKLY UPDATE | 3 DECEMBER 2021NATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE
LEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITYNational President Patrick Yoes and Executive Director Jim Pasco met withleaders from the U.S. Park Police FOP Labor Committee.National President Patrick Yoes worked out of theGovernment and Media Affairs Center in Washington,D.C. this week.National President Patrick Yoes spoke with U.S.Assistant Attorney General Kristen M. Clarke,Civil Rights Division within the U.S. Department ofJustice, regarding an upcoming announcementpertaining to a pattern and practice investigation.National President Patrick Yoes gave numerous media interviews in regard tolaw enforcement line-of-duty deaths, the crime wave many cities acrossAmerica are experiencing as well as the COVID-19 pandemic.
LEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITYExecutive Director Jim Pascospoke with U.S. AttorneyGeneral Merrick B. Garlandregarding FOP priorities. Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Trey L. Baker III, Senior Advisorwith the White House Office of Public Engagement, regarding FOP priorities.Executive Director Jim Pascospoke with U.S. HomelandSecurity Secretary Alejandro N.Mayorkas regarding borderissues and criminal justicereform.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Erika Dinkel-Smith, Director forLabor within the White House Office of Public Engagement, regarding FOPlabor issues.
LEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITYExecutive Director Jim Pasco also gave numerous media interviewspertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccinations and the impacts onpublic safety. The National FOP believes in the science behind the COVID-19vaccines and that vaccinations work to prevent people from becominginfected by or transmitting COVID-19. However, the National FOP continues tobelieve that whether or not to accept the vaccine is a personal decision. Executive Director Jim Pasco gave numerous media interviews in regard tocriminal justice reform, the nationwide increase in violent crime, and the issueof rogue prosecutors across the failing to prosecute violent offenders.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson represented the FOP on a virtualcall for law enforcement stakeholders hosted by the U.S. Department ofJustice (DOJ) and was briefed by John Keller with the Criminal Division'sPublic Integrity Section on the Departments efforts to address threats topolling workers and locations.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardsonrepresented the FOP on a virtual call for lawenforcement stakeholders hosted by the U.S.Department of Homeland Security's (DHS)Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)regarding their pilot program on the use ofbody-worn cameras.
THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESTHE UNITED STATES SENATETHIS WEEK IN WASHINGTONThe House considered and passedH.R. 6119, the "Further ExtendingGovernment Funding Act" on a 221-212 vote. The legislation would fundthe Federal government through 18February 2022. The bill was sent tothe Senate for further action.The House considered and passed H.R. 550, the "Immunization InfrastructureModernization Act," on a 294-130 vote. The legislation would direct the U.S.Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to take actions to improvedata sharing and other aspects of immunization information systems. Theseare confidential, population-based databases that maintain a record ofvaccine administrations. The bill was sent to the Senate for further action.The Senate considered and passed H.R. 6119, the "Further ExtendingGovernment Funding Act" on a 69-28 vote. The legislation will now go to thePresident, who is expected to sign it into law, avoiding a governmentshutdown.
TOP LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIESCOSPONSORS57238181H.R. 82The “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.COSPONSORS92819H.R. 3225COSPONSORS110S. 1888NOT YET INTRODUCED IN THE SENATECOSPONSORS218160H.R. 962COSPONSORS43733S. 1302+1 NEW+1 NEW+3 NEW
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.COSPONSORS220S. 1610COSPONSORS51521H.R. 1210The "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.COSPONSORS23230S. 774COSPONSORS44495H.R. 3079MORE RESOURCES ON OUR LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIESFULL LIST OF LEGISLATION SUPPORTED BY THE FOP
UPDATE: OFFICERS SHOT & KILLEDVIEW THE MONTHLY OFFICERS SHOT & KILLED UPDATE314314LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERSSHOT IN THE LINE OF DUTY5 85 8LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERSKILLED BY GUNFIRE
FOP NEWSROOMThe facts about qualified immunity have beenlost in discussions regarding police reform.Qualified immunity has become a complextopic, with many joining the.... READ MOREICYMI: Police recruitment was alreadytough. Attacks on qualified immunitymake matters worse.Oklahoma City FOP President Mark Nelson,Georgia FOP Secretary Steven Gaynor, andIndianapolis FOP President Rick Snyder discussthe lack of respect for law enforcement thathas led to rising crime... READ MOREFOP Leaders Discuss Rising CrimeThe National Fraternal Order of Police reportsthat as of midnight on 30 November, there havebeen 314 officers shot in the line of duty so farthis year. Of those officers shot, 58 of themwere killed by gunfire... READ MOREFOP Monthly Update: Officers Shot andKilled in the Line of DutyWith in-store customers expected to return indroves for the holiday shopping season, lawenforcement agencies are moving to halt awave of organized "smash-and-grab" crimes atretailers across the US.... READ MOREHow law enforcement is trying to stopmob retail thefts [CNN]
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
Been Exposed?Are You Sick?READ MOREREAD MOREVIEW A STATE-BY-STATE BREAKDOWNThe National FOP provided memberswith updated information, released bythe Centers for Disease Control andPrevention, regarding a new COVID-19variant. COVID-19 Information for Law EnforcementProtecting Public Safety and HealthFRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICENOVEMBER 29:W W W . F O P C O V I D 1 9 . O R GThe National FOP provided memberswith information that was shared duringa White House COVID-19 ResponseTeam press briefing, where public healthofficials gave a general update on theCOVID-19 pandemic. DECEMBER 1:COVID-19 ACTIVITYREAD MORE READ MORE
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