WASHINGTON WATCHN A T I O N A L F R A T E R N A L O R D E R O F P O L I C E W E E K L Y U P D A T E | 1 6 S E P T E M B E R 2 0 2 2L E G I S L A T I V E U P D A T EJIM PASCOPATRICK YOES THE VOICE OF OUR NATION'S LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERSExecutive DirectorNational President- Subscribe to the FOP’s Weekly Update -
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICELEG I S LAT I V E N E W S & A CTI V I TYL IS T E N T O E P I S O D ECLICK TO SUBSCRIBEOn this week's episode of the Blue View, National President Patrick Yoes sitsdown with retired Long Beach Police Department Sergeant Jason Lehman.Sergeant Lehman's mission is to reduce violence between peace officers andthe community, through the training provided by his organization Why'd YouStop Me? (WYSM). In part 1 of their conversation, National President PatrickYoes and Jason Lehman discuss Lehman's background and the eye-openingencounter that he had in a classroom that led him to found the organization.Later, they discuss the new ways in which policing relationships are formedand Lehman's thoughts on the future of law enforcement.National President Patrick Yoes attended the FOP State Lodge President'sMeeting. National President Patrick Yoes attended the Fall Meeting of the NationalBoard of Trustees in Dallas, Texas.
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICELEG I S LAT I V E N E W S & A CTI V I TYNational President Patrick Yoes participated in a media call and then aFacebook Live interview with Senator Sherrod C. Brown regarding draftlegislation for the "Law Enforcement Scenario-Based Training for Safety andDe-Escalation Act." This bill would provide funding for law enforcementtraining of an immersive, real-life, scenario-based training curriculum thataddresses topics such as de-escalation and use of deadly force.National President Patrick Yoes attended a meeting with the FOP LegalDefense Board of Trustees.National President Patrick Yoes attended a closed briefing from theCybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) entitled "Systemic Risk,Critical Infrastructure & Resiliency."
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICELEG I S LAT I V E N E W S & A CTI V I TYNational President Patrick Yoes gave numerous media interviews regardinglaw enforcement line-of-duty deaths, the increase of violence toward lawenforcement officers across the country, as well as the recruitment andretention crisis.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Alejandro N. Mayorkas, Secretaryfor the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, regarding the threat ofdomestic terrorism and other homeland security issues.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Erika Dinkel-Smith, Director forLabor in the White House Office of Public Engagement, about the recruitmentand retention crisis in law enforcement.Executive Director Jim Pasco gave numerous media interviews regardingvarious topics, including the recruitment and retention issue that agencies arefacing nationwide as well as the surge in violent crime.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson spoke with staff in the office ofSenator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) to discuss legislation that aims toestablish minimum standards for the certification and decertification of lawenforcement officers.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson spoke with staff in the Office ofthe Associate U.S. Attorney General to discuss solutions to the ongoingrecruitment and retention crisis in policing.
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICELEG I S LAT I V E N E W S & A CTI V I TYCLICK TO SHARE YOUR STORYRepresentative Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) is asking FOP members to sharetheir stories of how they and their families have been impacted by the WEPand GPO. We urge all members to participate!
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICETHI S WEE K IN W A SHI N G TONTHE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESThe House and Senate re-convened this week after the August recess.Congress is expected to be in session for the next two weeks, depending onhow much they can achieve prior to the October recess. Before the pre-election recess, Congress must fund the Federal government, as currentappropriations will expire on September 30th. It is expected that a continuingresolution will be passed extending the deadline to mid-December.The House passed H.R. 5774, the "Expediting Disaster Recovery Act" on a406-20 vote. This bill authorizes the President, after the declaration of amajor disaster, to direct the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)to provide the assistance necessary for meeting unmet needs as a result ofsuch disaster. This bill will now be sent to the Senate.The House passed on H.R. 2988, the "Whistleblower Protection ImprovementAct" on a 221-203 vote. This bill establishes, modifies, and expands certainwhistleblower protections for federal employees, including with respect topetitions to Congress, whistleblower identity, and protected disclosures. Itwill now be sent to the Senate for a vote.
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICETHI S WEE K IN W A SHI N G TONTHE UNITED STATES SENATEThe Senate Committee on Homeland Security held a hearing entitled "SocialMedia’s Impact on Homeland Security." Providing testimony at this hearingwere numerous current and former officials from major technologycompanies. At this hearing, these officials discussed how the increasedspread of information is presenting new challenges to protecting the public.The Senate Committee on Judiciary held an executive business meeting toconsider numerous judicial nominations and pending legislation. Additionally,the Senate confirmed multiple judicial nominees that had previouslyadvanced through the Judiciary Committee.
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICECOSPONSORS91299208H.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.LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS’ EQUITYSOCIAL SECURITY FAIRNESSCOLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTSCOSPONSORS103424H.R. 3225COSPONSORS154S. 1888NOT YET INTRODUCED IN THE SENATECOSPONSORS2510378H.R. 962COSPONSORS44238S. 1302TOP L EGI S L ATI V E PR I O RIT I E SThe “Social Security Fairness Act” would repeal both the "Windfall EliminationProvision" and the "Government Pension Offset" in current Social Security law.+ 3 NEW
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICEThe "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.LEOSA REFORMCOSPONSORS220S. 1610COSPONSORS58591H.R. 1210PROTECT AND SERVEThe "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. 774COSPONSORS81898H.R. 3079MORE RESOURCES ON OUR LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIESFULL LIST OF LEGISLATION SUPPORTED BY THE FOPLEG I S LAT I V E P R I ORI T I ES
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICEBLU E VIE W POD C A STFeaturing Mike EssigSeptember 11th, 2001 is a day that willnever be forgotten. On that day, 2,977Americans were killed in a series of horrificterrorist attacks. Thousands of lawenforcement officers and other firstresponders would die in the ensuing yearsbecause of their exposure to toxic... MOREWHEN THE TOWERS FELL AND THE YEARS SINCEFeaturing Jason Lehman“Why’d you stop me?” This is one of themost frequently asked questions peoplehave when stopped by the police. There is aviolent confrontation between the policeand a community member EVERY hour inour country... MOREWHY'D YOU STOP ME? (PART 1)SUBSCRIBETHE BLUE VIEW PODCASTNational President Patrick Yoes sits down with guests todiscuss the issues and current events surrounding the lawenforcement community. Each week you'll hear from lawenforcement experts, elected officials, and notable leaders!
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICEFOP N EWS R O OMOhio lawmakers are part of a bipartisan groupthat introduced a bill in Congress aimed atkeeping confrontations between police andcivilians from escalating... MOREOhio lawmakers introduce lawenforcement de-escalation training bill[ABC 6]The Philadelphia Police Department is steppingup patrols. It's in response to a string of violentweekends in the city. The department has beenstruggling to maintain order through... MOREPhiladelphia police stepping up patrols incity after several violent weekends [CBSPhiladelphia]Douglas County Corrections rolled out a newprogram to help officers in crisis. The agencysaid the suicide rate among corrections is threetimes that of the general... MOREDouglas County Corrections beginsmental health program for officers [KETV 7] Social Security Fairness Act – Share YourStoryOur members know how unfairly many lawenforcement officers and other publicemployees are treated in current Social Securitylaw—penalized for their career of... More
MAKE Y URVOICE HEARD@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICEFOP A CTI O N CE N T ERSOCIAL 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! Tell Congress to Pass H.R. 3172/S. 2981TAKE ACTIONCOLLECTIVE BARGAININGWe Must Fight for the Right toBargain Collectively! UrgeCongress to Pass H.R. 3225TAKE ACTION
Been Exposed?Are You Sick?VIEW A STATE-BY-STATE BREAKDOWNCOVID-19 Information for Law EnforcementProtecting Public Safety and HealthFRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICEW W W .F O PC O VI D 1 9 . O R GOFFICERS HAVE DIED DUE TO COVID-19AS OF 16 SEPTEMBER 2022COVID-19 VaccineMandates in PublicSector EmploymentQUESTIONS & ANSWERSREAD MORE READ MOREPOLICY STATEMENTCOVID-19 VaccineRequirements andMandates@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICECOV I D -19 A CTI V I TYREAD MOREAs COVID cases have declined and restrictions have been eased, there havebeen fewer newsworthy developments regarding the state of the pandemicand available resources germane to law enforcement. For this reason, thiswebsite will no longer be updated on a regular basis, but we will certainlyprovide any new and relevant information as it becomes available.16 SEPTEMBER
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICELEARN 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. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICEOFFICE OF JUSTICEPROGRAMSADD I T ION A L RE S O URC E S
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