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FOP Update - April 15, 2022

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L I S T E N   T O   E P I S O D ECLICK TO SUBSCRIBENational President Patrick Yoes and Executive Director Jim Pasco attended aWhite House press conference at which President Joseph R. Biden Jr.,addressed the importance of a recent rulemaking by the U.S. Department ofJustice (DOJ) to address the issue of "ghost guns". At this same event, thePresident also nominated Steven M. Dettelbach, a former U.S. Attorney, to bethe next Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives(ATF).On this week's episode of the Blue View, National President Patrick Yoes satdown with Representative John H. Rutherford (R-FL) to discuss his lawenforcement career, how Congress is tackling some of the most pressingissues facing the law enforcement community, and the rise in violent crime.From everyone at the National FOP's Government and Media Affairs Center,Happy Easter to all our law enforcement families! Thank you for your serviceand everything that you do to keep the public safe.

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National President Patrick Yoes and Executive Director Jim Pascoparticipated in a call with staff from Home Depot to discuss the “Integrity,Notification, and Fairness in Online Retail Marketplaces for (INFORM)Consumers Act" and recent efforts to include this bill in the conference reporton the “America Creating Opportunities for Manufacturing, Pre-Eminence inTechnology, and Economic Strength (COMPETES) Act.”National President Patrick Yoes gave numerous media interviews regardinglaw enforcement line-of-duty deaths and the increase of violence towards lawenforcement officers across the country.National President Patrick Yoes attended the Western States Conference inSan Diego, California.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Ambassador Susan E. Rice,Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy and Director of the UnitedStates Domestic Policy Council, regarding criminal justice reform.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with U.S. Associate Attorney GeneralVanita Gupta regarding funding for the Edward R. Byrne Memorial JusticeAssistance Grant (Byrne JAG) program and the Office of Community OrientedPolicing Services (COPS).Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Heather Fong, Counselor to theSecretary of Homeland Security, regarding concerns over domestic terrorism.

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Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Erika Dinkel-Smith, Director forLabor within the White House Office of Public Engagement, regarding lawenforcement labor issues.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Stefanie G. Feldman, DeputyAssistant to the President and Senior Advisor to the Director of the DomesticPolicy Council, regarding the recent Fiscal Year 2023 budget request made byPresident Biden, and the recent rulemaking by the U.S. Department of Justice(DOJ) to address the issue of "ghost guns".Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Chiraag Bains, Deputy Assistant tothe President and Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council (DPC) forRacial Justice and Equity at the White House, regarding criminal justicereform.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Vanessa Chen, Special Assistant tothe President for Criminal Justice, regarding the recent rulemaking by the U.S.Department of Justice (DOJ) to modernize the definition of “firearm” and thesurge in violent crime across the country.Executive Director Jim Pasco gave numerous media interviews regarding theFiscal Year 2023 budget request, criminal justice reform, the nationwideincrease in violent crime, and the recent rulemaking by the DOJ on thedefinition of "firearms."

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Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson joined Keith Turney, NationalSergeant-at-Arms, to represent the FOP at the Annual Collaborative ReformInitiative Technical Assistance Center’s Partners Meeting in Alexandria, VA.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson spoke with Senate JudiciaryChairman Richard J. Durbin’s (D-IL) staff regarding S. 936, the “Integrity,Notification, and Fairness in Online Retail Marketplaces for (INFORM)Consumers Act,” and their efforts to include the House-passed companionbill, H.R. 5502, into the conference report on H.R. 4521, the “AmericaCreating Opportunities for Manufacturing, Pre-Eminence in Technology, andEconomic Strength (COMPETES) Act.”Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson spoke with majority staff on theHouse Committee on the Judiciary regarding H.R. 6943, the “Public SafetyOfficer Support Act,” as well as other pending FOP-backed bills and NationalPolice Week.

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Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaison DavidTaboh spoke with staff in the office of Senator Timothy M. Kaine (D-VA)regarding H.R. 7203, the “Wally Bunker Healthcare Enhancement for LocalPublic Safety (HELPS) Retirees Improvement Act.”Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson spoke with staff in the office ofRepresentative Dustin M. Johnson (R-SD) to discuss a draft bill entitled the“Supporting Opportunities to Build Everyday Responsibility (SOBER) Act.”Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson spoke with staff in the office ofSenator L. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) regarding S. 3635, the “Public SafetyOfficer Support Act,” and how best to move the bill through the SenateCommittee on the Judiciary.

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THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICEThe U.S. Department of Justice announced this week that it has submitted a"Frame or Receiver" final rule to the Federal Register. Once implemented, thisrule would modernize the definition of a firearm and clarify that parts kits thatare readily convertible to firearms are subject to the same regulations astraditional firearms. This rule would go into effect 120 days after the date ofpublication, U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland made the followingstatement on the proposed rule change:“This rule will make it harder for criminals and other prohibited persons toobtain untraceable guns, will help ensure that law enforcement officers canretrieve the information they need to solve crimes, and will help reduce thenumber of untraceable firearms flooding our communities. I commend all ourcolleagues at the ATF who have worked tirelessly over the past 12 months toget this important rule finalized, and to do it in a way that respects the rights oflaw-abiding Americans.” For context, local and State law enforcement recovered and reported 45,240firearms that they suspected were privately made—including 692 related tohomicide or attempted homicide investigations.

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THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESThe House was in a pro-forma session this week.THE UNITED STATES SENATEThe Senate was in a pro-forma session this week.

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COSPONSORS72269197H.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 “Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act” would recognize theright of law enforcement and other public safety officers to bargain collectivelywith their employers.COSPONSORS103222H.R. 3225COSPONSORS132S. 1888NOT YET INTRODUCED IN THE SENATECOSPONSORS239370H.R. 962COSPONSORS43935S. 1302The “Social Security Fairness Act” would repeal both the "Windfall EliminationProvision" and the "Government Pension Offset" in current Social Security law.

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The "LEOSA Reform Act" would amend the Law Enforcement Officers' Safety Act(LEOSA), 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. postoffices, Social Security Administration offices or Veterans Affairs facilities.COSPONSORS220S. 1610COSPONSORS57581H.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. 774COSPONSORS67736H.R. 3079MORE RESOURCES ON OUR LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIESFULL LIST OF LEGISLATION SUPPORTED BY THE FOP

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SUBSCRIBECHARM CITY CRIME CRISISFeaturing Clyde Boatwright + Mike MancusoOn December 16th of last year—in a city that has beenravaged by crime and with a police department that isshort upwards of 400 officers—Baltimore City PoliceOfficer Keona Holley was gunned down as she sat in herpatrol car. So far this year, there have been two officersshot in Maryland, a state where countless... MOREEPISODE #008TUESDAY, 5 APRILTHE BLUE VIEWby the National Fraternal Order of PoliceNational President Patrick Yoes sits down withguests to discuss the issues and current eventssurrounding the law enforcement community.Each week you'll hear from law enforcementexperts, elected officials, and notable leaders!THERE'S A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWNFeaturing Representative John RutherfordOn this episode of the Blue View, National PresidentPatrick Yoes sits down with Congressman JohnRutherford (FL-04) to discuss his law enforcementbackground, how Congress is tackling some of the mostpressing issues facing the law enforcement community,and the rise in violent crime... MOREEPISODE #009TUESDAY, 12 APRIL

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The Fiscal Year 2022 COPS Hiring Program(CHP) is a competitive grant program designedto provide funding directly to law enforcementagencies to hire and/or rehire .... MoreH.R. 6943, the “Public Safety OfficerSupport Act”Justice Department Announces New Ruleto Modernize Firearm Definitions [DOJ] I am writing on behalf of the members of theFraternal Order of Police to respectfullyrequest that the House Committee on theJudiciary consider and favorably report... MoreToday, the Department of Justice announcedthat it has submitted to the Federal Register the“Frame or Receiver” Final Rule, whichmodernizes the definition of a firearm... MoreCOPS Hiring Program [COPS]I am writing on behalf of the members of theFraternal Order of Police to urge the Committeeon Financial Services to consider and... MoreH.R. 3172, the “Homes for Every LocalProtector, Educator, and Responder(HELPER) Act”

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A Phoenix police officer was shot at aconvenience store near Cave Creek andBeardsley Roads and the search for... MoreCarjacking suspect who shot 3 CPDofficers sentenced to 31 years [WGN9]Man identified as suspect in 2003shooting of Texas officer [KWTX 10]A convicted felon who pleaded guilty to chargesthat he opened fire on police in 2020, woundingthree officers, was sentenced Monday... MoreAlmost 20 years after a North Texas policeofficer was shot and injured by a man who hadjust robbed a bank, authorities say they usedDNA to identify the suspect, who was... MoreManhunt underway for suspect in northPhoenix officer-involved shooting [FOX10 Phoenix]The man arrested after a roughly 30-hourmanhunt in the shooting of 10 people on asubway train in Brooklyn was denied bail at hisinitial court appearance Thursday... MoreSubway shooting suspect denied bail onfederal terrorism-related charge [CNN]

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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 ACTIONHELPER ACTSupport Law Enforcement! TellCongress to Pass H.R. 3172/S.2981! TAKE ACTIONCOLLECTIVE 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 MOREVIEW A STATE-BY-STATE BREAKDOWNCOVID-19 Information for Law EnforcementProtecting Public Safety and HealthFRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICEWWW.FOPCOVID19.ORGAs COVID cases have declined and restrictions have been eased, there have beenfewer newsworthy developments regarding the state of the pandemic and availableresources germane to law enforcement. For this reason, this website will no longer beupdated on a regular basis, but we will certainly provide any new and relevantinformation as it becomes available.APRIL 5READ MORE READ MORE

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LEARN MORE LEARN MORELEARN MORELEARN MOREOn the Blue View, a weekly podcastpresented by the National FraternalOrder of Police, you'll hear from lawenforcement experts, electedofficials, and other notable leadersto gain insight into the issues andcurrent events surrounding the lawenforcement community. The Collaborative Reform InitiativeTechnical Assistance Center (CRI-TAC) provides no cost, customizedtechnical assistance solutionsdesigned to meet the uniqueneeds of state, local, tribal, &campus law enforcement agenciesthroughout the 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.

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TIM RICHARDSONSenior Legislative Liaison JIM PASCOExecutive DirectorMARK MCDONALDLegislative Liaison DAVID TABOHLegislative Liaison MATT BROWNLegislative Liaison