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FOP Update - December 17, 2021

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VOLUNTEERDONATECOPS HELPING COPSBROTHERS AND SISTERS, The National FOP's Disaster Area Response Team (DART) has beenactivated and deployed to Mayfield, Kentucky to provide rehab to the firstresponders in the community and remediation to first responders' homes. As you are aware, the FOP supports various aspects of our member'sneeds through the Fraternal Order of Police Foundation (FOPFoundation). The devastation in this region is far-reaching. We are asking State andlocal lodges, organizations, and individuals to consider Volunteering andDonating to the Foundation to help us ensure that the FOP can standstrong to help our members when they need us the most.After all, Cops Helping Cops is what this organization is all about!LEARN MORE

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LEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITYNational President Patrick Yoes worked out of both the National FOPHeadquarters in Nashville, Tennessee as well as the National Governmentand Media Affairs Center in Washington, D.C. this week.National President Patrick Yoes and LegislativeLiaison Mark McDonald attended a meeting withUnited States Marshals Service (USMS) DirectorRonald L. Davis and other stakeholders where theydiscussed USMS task forces and partnerships aswell as other important policing issues.National President Patrick Yoes traveled to Mayfield, Kentucky to participatein the National FOP's Disaster Area Response Team's (DART) efforts toprovide rehab to the first responders in the community and remediation to thehomes of the first responders impacted by the devastation. 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.

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LEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITYExecutive Director Jim Pasco spoke with U.S. Homeland Security SecretaryAlejandro N. Mayorkas regarding the tornado damage in Kentucky as well asencryption issues. Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Heather Fong, Counselor to theSecretary of Homeland Security, regarding pending legislation as well asvacancies at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).National Treasurer James Smallwood joined Fox News' Harris Faulkner todiscuss America's crime crisis and the role rogue prosecutors and failed,progressive policies have played in exacerbating the crisis. NationalTreasurer Smallwood highlighted the fact that the American public is sick andtired of being terrorized by violent criminals and explains that the revolvingdoor of our criminal justice system has led to a 40-60% spike in homicidesand violent crime.

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Executive Director Jim Pascospoke with U.S. Assistant AttorneyGeneral Kristen M. Clarke, CivilRights Division within the U.S.Department of Justice, regardingdevelopments in the case offormer Minneapolis police officerDerek Chauvin. Earlier this week,the Justice Department announcedthat Derek Chauvin pleaded guiltyin Federal court to two violationsof a Federal civil rights statute.LEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITYExecutive Director Jim Pasco spoke with U.S. Associate Attorney GeneralVanita Gupta regarding criminal justice reform as well as issues pertaining tothe District of Columbia.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Matt Klapper, Chief of Staff to theU.S. Attorney General, regarding State and local law enforcement issues.CLICK TO READ MOREExecutive Director Jim Pasco gave numerous media interviews in regard tocriminal justice reform, the nationwide increase in violent crime, and the issueof rogue prosecutors failing to prosecute violent offenders.

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LEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITYExecutive Director Jim Pasco also gave numerous media interviewspertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccinations, and their impact on publicsafety. 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. Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson represented the FOP on aconference call hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice, entitled:“Increasing Consistency Across Law Enforcement Monitorships.”Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaison MarkMcDonald had a conference call with staff in the Office of CommunityOriented Policing Services (COPS) about the ongoing FOP effort to trackofficers shot in the line of duty.

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LEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITYSenior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson andLegislative Liaison Matt Brown had a call withstaff in the office of Representative Scott L.Fitzgerald (R-WI) to discuss bail reform andother issues.Legislative Liaisons Matt Brown and David Taboh participated in a monthlycall with other criminal justice stakeholders.Legislative Liaisons Matt Brown and David Taboh participated in the monthlycall with other stakeholders as part of the Public Pension Network (PPN).Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson andLegislative Liaison Matt Brown spoke withstaff in the office of Representative Vicky J.Hartzler (R-MO) about available resources forlaw enforcement agencies in her district.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardsonspoke with Senator Lindsay O. Graham’s (R-SC) Senate Judiciary Committee staff aboutthe pending re-introduction of the “EliminatingAbusive and Rampant Neglect of InteractiveTechnologies (EARN IT) Act.”

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THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESTHIS WEEK IN WASHINGTONThe House passed a S.J. Resolution 33 on a 221–209 vote this week. Thejoint resolution would raise the public debt limit by 2.5 trillion dollars. Thismeasure was passed without amendment in the Senate earlier in the week ona 50–49 vote. This increase is expected to last until late in 2023, at whichpoint a new vote would be needed to raise the borrowing cap. This measurewill now be sent to the President’s desk for signature.The House agreed on H. Resolution 848 on a 222–208 vote. This resolutionrecommended that the U.S. Department of Justice hold former PresidentDonald J. Trump’s Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in contempt of Congress forrefusing to comply with a previous subpoena to appear before the HouseSelect Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack.

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THE UNITED STATES SENATETHIS WEEK IN WASHINGTONThe Senate considered and passed S. 4049, the “National DefenseAuthorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021” on an 89-10 vote. This legislationwould authorize $768.1 billion in defense spending for fiscal year 2022. Thisauthorization measure will now go to the President’s desk and is expected tobe signed into law in the near future. This budget is $25 billion higher than thePresident’s initial request.The Senate Committee on Judiciaryheld a hearing, entitled: “CombatingGun Trafficking and ReducingViolence in Chicago.”The Senate Committee on Judiciary held numerous executive businessmeetings on pending judicial nominations.

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TOP LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIESCOSPONSORS58242184H.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.COSPONSORS92920H.R. 3225COSPONSORS110S. 1888NOT YET INTRODUCED IN THE SENATECOSPONSORS228462H.R. 962COSPONSORS43733S. 1302+2 NEW+3 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.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

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FOP NEWSROOMFOP National President Issues Statementon the NFL’s Support for Anti-PolicingEfforts through the “Inspire Change”InitiativePatrick Yoes, National President of theFraternal Order of Police, responded to recentcoverage of the National Football... MORENational FOP Treasurer James Smallwoodjoined Fox News' Harris Faulkner to discussAmerica's crime crisis and the role RogueProsecutors and failed, progressive... WATCHFOP's Smallwood Calls for End to'Dangerous Policies' that Don't HoldCriminals Accountable [Fox News]Please join the U.S. Secret Service NationalThreat Assessment Center (NTAC) for apresentation on our latest study, AvertingTargeted School Violence: A U.S. SecretService Analysis of Plots Against... MOREEvent: Averting Targeted School Violence[United States Secret Service]America's law enforcement officers took anoath. Despite the looming danger, they willalways come running when you call... WATCHI Took an Oath, I am Still Here

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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 updated information that wasshared during a White House COVID-19Response Team press briefing, wherepublic health officials gave a generalupdate on the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 Information for Law EnforcementProtecting Public Safety and HealthFRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICEDECEMBER 13:W W W . F O P C O V I D 1 9 . O R GThe National FOP provided memberswith a fact sheet, released by theCenters for Disease Control andPrevention, regarding updated COVID-19travel recommendations. DECEMBER 15:COVID-19 ACTIVITYREAD MORE READ MORE

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LEARN MORE LEARN MORELEARN MORELEARN MOREWatch the latest FOP-TV episodesand hear from National FraternalOrder of Police leaders from acrossthe country as they discuss new andrelevant topics that are impactingour profession and important toleading our organization throughthese turbulent times.The Collaborative Reform InitiativeTechnical Assistance Center (CRI-TAC) provides no cost, customizedtechnical assistance solutionsdesigned to meet the unique needsof state, local, tribal, & campus lawenforcement agencies throughoutthe United States.The COPS Office awards grants tohire community policingprofessionals, develop and testinnovative policing strategies, andprovide training and technicalassistance to community members,local government leaders, and alllevels of law enforcement. The Office of Justice Programs (OJP)provides innovative leadership toFederal, state, local, and tribal justicesystems, by disseminating state-of-theart knowledge and practices, andproviding grants for theimplementation of these crimefighting strategies. MORE RESOURCES

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PP CCThe 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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