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 | 3 0 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 - Hurricane Ian Makes Landfall FOP Disaster Area Response Team Deployed
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICELEGI S LATI V E NE W S & A CTIV 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 for part 1 of his conversation with John Cohen, who most recentlyserved as the Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Assistant Secretary forCounterterrorism and Threat Prevention at the U.S. Department of HomelandSecurity (DHS), which is the top counterterrorism official in the country.National President Patrick Yoes, National Sergeant-at-Arms Keith Turney, andExecutive Director Jim Pasco represented the FOP at the quarterly meeting ofmajor law enforcement organizations and gave a presentation of ideas toaddress the recruitment and retention crisis in law enforcement. The meetingwas hosted by U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland, U.S. Deputy AttorneyGeneral Lisa O. Monaco, and U.S. Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta.National President Patrick Yoes and Executive Director Jim Pasco met withU.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas to discussimmigration issues and drug trafficking.
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICELEGI S LATI V E NE W S & A CTIV I TYNational President Patrick Yoes attendedthe Washington State FOP Conference inRichland, WA.National President Patrick Yoes had numerous calls with FOP leaders in thepath of Hurricane Ian in preparation for the Disaster Area Response Teamdeployment.National 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 to U.S. Associate Attorney GeneralVanita Gupta about the recruitment and retention crisis in law enforcement.National President Patrick Yoes virtually attended the Delaware State FOPConference.Executive Director Jim Pasco and Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardsonparticipated in a stakeholders call with staff with Axon Enterprises, Inc. todiscuss law enforcement technology—tasers, body-worn cameras, anddrones/robotics—and their “moonshot” effort to reduce the number of officer-involved shootings.
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICELEGI S LATI V E NE W S & A CTIV I TYNational Treasurer James Smallwood represented the FOP at the boardmeeting of the National Law Enforcement Memorial.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 represented the FOP on astakeholder call to discuss H.R. 5768, the “Violent Incident Clearance andTechnological Investigative Methods (VICTIM) Act,” and H.R. 6448, the“Invest to Protect Act,” and how to improve the chances for Senate action onthese two House-passed bills.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson participated in a conference callwith staff from the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and theHouse Committee on Ways and Means to discuss H.R. 82, the “SocialSecurity Fairness Act,” and other pending Social Security issuesFOP Sergeant-at-Arms Keith Turney and Senior Legislative Liaison TimRichardson participated in a conference call with staff from the the Office ofApprenticeship in the U.S. Department of Labor to discuss ways to modeltheir program to recruit law enforcement officers.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson spoke with staff in the office ofSenator Sherrod C. Brown (D-OH) regarding Social Security issues.
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICELEGI S LATI V E NE W S & A CTIV I TYU.S DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICEPASS H.R. 82CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVESenior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaison DavidTaboh participated in a call with staff in the office of Representative RodneyL. Davis (R-IL) to discuss H.R. 82, the “Social Security Fairness Act,” and thepossibility of action in the lame duck session of Congress.The U.S. Department of Justice awarded grants totaling $100 million to helpcommunities across the U.S. reduce gun crime and other serious violence.The funding, made available under the Department’s Office of JusticePrograms (OJP) Community Violence Intervention and Prevention Initiative,will develop and expand the infrastructure needed to build community safetyand strengthen neighborhoods. Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaison MarkMcDonald participated in the quarterly meeting of the National Blue AlertAdvisory Group and shared the FOP's latest data on officers shot/killed.
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICETHI S WEE K IN W A SHI N G TONTHE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESThe House considered and passed H.R. 6833, the Continuing Appropriationsand Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, on an 230-201 vote. The billwill fund the Federal government through December 16th as well as provideadditional monetary and material support for Ukraine. If the bill had notpassed, parts of the government would have shut down Friday at midnight.The bill now goes to the President, who will sign it into law today.The House considered and passed H.R. 8987, the “Fairness for 9/11 FamiliesAct,” on a 400-31 vote. The bill authorizes the Justice Department to issuelump-sump "catch-up" payments to 9/11 survivors, spouses, and dependentswho are eligible for claims from the Victims of State Sponsored TerrorismFund, but who have been unable to receive compensation from those statessponsors of terror. The bill now awaits action in the Senate.The House considered and passed H.R. 7780, the “Mental Health MattersAct,” on a 220-205 vote. The bill, which provide grants to establish a pipelinefor school-based mental health professionals, now goes to the Senate forfurther consideration.
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICETHI S WEE K IN W A SHI N G TONTHE UNITED STATES SENATEThe Senate Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing entitled "Oversight ofthe Federal Bureau of Prisons." Providing testimony at the hearing wasColette S. Peters, Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.The Senate Committee on Judiciary held an executive business meeting toconsider numerous judicial nominations and pending legislation.The Senate passed H.R. 6833, the Continuing Appropriations and UkraineSupplemental Appropriations Act, on a 75-25 vote. The bill will fund theFederal government through December 16th as well as provide additionalmonetary and material support for Ukraine. If the bill had not passed, parts ofthe government would have shut down Friday at midnight.
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICECOSPONSORS92303211H.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 RIGHTSCOSPONSORS103525H.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.+ 2 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 John CohenIn Part 1 of their conversation, NationalPresident Patrick Yoes and John Cohendiscuss today’s threat environment, therole that social media plays in encouragingambush attacks on law enforcementofficers, how social media complicates thefight against crime... MOREA GROWING THREAT (PART 1)Featuring Jason LehmanIn Part 2 of their conversation, NationalPresident Patrick Yoes and WYSM FounderJason Lehman discuss the future of lawenforcement, and Jason gives some adviceto both current law enforcement officersand the communities in which they... MOREWHY'D YOU STOP ME? (PART 2)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 OMNational President Patrick Yoes sent a letter toRepresentatives Maloney and Comer in supportof H.R. 3924, the “U.S. Park PoliceModernization Act.”... MOREH.R. 3924, the “U.S. Park PoliceModernization Act.”National President Patrick Yoes sent a letter toRepresentatives Bass, Issa, Trone, and Chabotin support of H.R. 8637, the “Law EnforcementDe-escalation Training Act." ... MOREH.R. 8637, the “Law Enforcement De-escalation Training Act.H.R. 8152, the “American Data PrivacyProtection Act.”Justice Department Awards $100 Millionto Reduce Community Violence [U.S. Department of Justice]National President Patrick Yoes sent a letter toSpeaker Pelosi and Representatives McCarthy,Pallone, and McMorris Rodgers that raisesserious concerns about provisions in H.R. 8152,the... MORE The U.S. Department of Justice announcedtoday grant awards totaling $100 million tohelp communities across the U.S. reduce guncrime and other serious violence... 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 30 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.30 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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@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICETIM RICHARDSONSenior Legislative Liaison JIM PASCOExecutive DirectorMARK MCDONALDLegislative Liaison DAVID TABOHLegislative Liaison 328 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NE, WASHINGTON, D.C. 20002PHONE: 202-547-8189 ▪ FAX: 202-547-8190W A S H I N G T O N D . C . S T A F F