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FOP Update - 18 November 2022

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@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICELEG I S LAT I V E N E W S & A CTI V I TYNational President Patrick Yoes worked out of the National Headquarters inNashville, TN this week.National President Patrick Yoes participated in a virtual meeting of theNational FOP's Board of Trustees.National President Patrick Yoes participated in a briefing from Kenneth L.Wainstein, Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis in the U.S.Department of Homeland Security, regarding information sharing with localand State law enforcement agencies.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.The family of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Howard C. Liebengood, who took hisown life a few days after being on site on 6 January, the day an angry mobbroke into the U.S. Capitol, reached out to the National FOP to let us know thattheir death benefit claim was approved by the Public Safety Officers’ Benefit(PSOB) Program. While no amount of money will bring Howie back to hisfamily, it is an important acknowledgement of the fact that law enforcementsuicides are service-connected and should be seen for what they are—line ofduty deaths. Howie’s family will always be part of our family and we are happywith the outcome in the matter of this claim.

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@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICELEG I S LAT I V E N E W S & A CTI V I TYExecutive Director Jim Pasco had a follow-up call with Erika Dinkel-Smith,Director of Labor Engagement at the White House, about the policingapprenticeship program the FOP is developing.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Vanessa Chen, Special Assistant tothe President for Criminal Justice and Guns Policy, to further discuss theimplementation of the President’s Executive Order on policing and criminaljustice.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Heather J. Fong, Counselor to theSecretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, regarding the currentsituation at the southern border.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Kristen M. Clarke, U.S. AssistantAttorney General for the Civil Rights Division, regarding ongoing pattern andpractice investigations.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Vanita Gupta, U.S. AssociateAttorney General, regarding the police apprenticeship program the FOP isdeveloping.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Marvin G. Richardson, DeputyDirector of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), todiscuss the agency’s ongoing involvement in violent crime task forces

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@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICELEG I S LAT I V E N E W S & A CTI V I TYExecutive 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.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Megan Bennet, Assistant Director ofthe Office of Public and Governmental Affairs at ATF, about the NationalPublic Safety Partnership.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Karhlton F. Moore, Director of theBureau of Justice Assistance, about the Public Safety Officers’ Benefit (PSOB)Program and the National Public Safety Partnership, a new initiative launchedby the U.S. Department of Justice to promote interagency coordination byleveraging specialized law enforcement expertise with dedicated prosecutorialresources to promotepublic safety.National Sergeant-at-Arms Keith Turney and Senior Legislative Liaison TimRichardson had a virtual conference call with the National and Alabama PoliceExplorers to discuss the recruitment challenges in law enforcement.National Sergeant-at-Arms Keith Turney and Senior Legislative Liaison TimRichardson had a follow-up conference call with staff in the Office ofApprenticeships in the U.S. Department of Labor to discuss the policeapprenticeship program the FOP is developing.

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@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICELEG I S LAT I V E N E W S & A CTI V I TYSenior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson participated in a conference callwith staff in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to provide feedbackon Section 12 for the implementation of President Biden’s Executive Order onAdvancing Effective, Accountable Policing and Criminal Justice Practices toEnhance Public Trust and Public Safety. Section 12 of the order limits thetransfer or purchase of certain military equipment to law enforcement. Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson spoke with staff in the office ofDaniel P. Meuser (R-PA) about H.R. 8637, the “Law Enforcement De-Escalation Training Act.”Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson spoke with staff in the office ofSenator Amy J. Klobuchar (D-MN) regarding draft legislation to address therecruitment and retention crisis in law enforcement.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson represented the FOP on a NextGeneration 911 Coalition conference call with majority and minority staff fromthe Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation to discussthe next generation 911 initiative.

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@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICETHI S WEE K IN W A SHI N G TONTHE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESThe Committee on Homeland Security held an oversight hearing entitled“Worldwide Threats to the Homeland.” Alejandro N. Mayorkas, Secretary forthe U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Christopher A. Wray, Director ofthe Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Christine S. Abizaid, Director of theNational Counterterrorism Center in the Office of the Director of NationalIntelligence, all testified.The House Republican Caucus met to elect its leadership team.Representative Kevin O. McCarthy (R-CA) won the nomination to be the nextSpeaker of the House, which will be decided in January when the 118thCongress is sworn in.The Committee on Oversight and Reform held a hearing entitled“Developments in State Cannabis Laws and Bipartisan Cannabis Reforms atthe Federal Level.”House Speaker Nancy P. Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyerannounced that they would not seek reelection for the House Democraticcaucus’s top leadership positions.

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@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICETHI S WEE K IN W A SHI N G TONTHE UNITED STATES SENATEThe Senate invoked cloture on the motion to proceed to the consideration ofH.R. 8404, the “Respect for Marriage Act.”The Committee on the Judiciary considered numerous nominations for seatson Federal courts.The Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held anoversight hearing entitled “Threats to the Homeland.” Alejandro N. Mayorkas,Secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Christopher A. Wray,Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Christine S. Abizaid,Director of the National Counterterrorism Center in the Office of the Directorof National Intelligence, all testified.The Senate considered and passed H.R. 521, the “Fair Return for Employeeson Their Initial Retirement Earned (RETIRE) Act,” by unanimous consent. Thelegislation, which the FOP strongly supported, will allow Federal lawenforcement officers, who were severely injured in the line of duty and, as aresult, unable to continue their service as a law enforcement officer, tomaintain their 6(c) early retirement benefit provided they take a civil serviceposition after their injury. The measure is now on its way to the President whois expected to sign it into law.

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@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICECOSPONSORS94305211H.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 SENATECOSPONSORS2510580H.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.+ 1 NEW

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@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. 774COSPONSORS82908H.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+ 1 NEW

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@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICEBLU E VIE W POD C A STFeaturing John CohenIn Part 2 of their conversation, NationalPresident Patrick Yoes and John Cohendiscuss encryption and “going dark”, theimportance of relationships betweenFederal, State, and local law enforcement,and what makes task forces so... MOREA GROWING THREAT (PART 2)Featuring Jason LehmanIn this episode of the Blue View, NationalPresident Patrick Yoes sitsdown with retired Long Beach PoliceDepartment Sergeant Jason Lehman.Sergeant Lehman's mission is to reduceviolence between... MORETEARING DOWN WALLSSUBSCRIBETHE 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!

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@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICEFOP N EWS R O OMNational President Patrick Yoes sent a letter toChairmen Durbin and Nadler and RankingMembers Grassley and Jordan in support oflegislation that would permanently schedulefentanyl analogues as... MOREPermanent Scheduling for FentanylAnaloguesNational President Patrick Yoes sent a letter toSenators Fischer and Coons in support of S.5103, the "Recruit and Retain Act"... MORES. 5103, the “Recruit and Retain Act”President Joe Biden has accepted theresignation of the commissioner of U.S.Customs and Border Protection, the federalagency in charge of border... MORECustoms and Border Protection ChiefResigns After First Refusing Request toStep Down [NBC News]Several recruits with the Los Angeles CountySheriff's Department were injured when aHonda CRV hit a group of runners near asheriff's training academy... MORE25 LA County Sheriff's Recruits Injured inWhittier Crash, Driver Identified andArrested [CBS News]

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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

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@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 POLICEDONATEClick HereDONATEClick HerePOL I T ICA L ACT I O N C O M MIT T E ECAN YOU CHIP IN $5?The Fraternal Order of Police is committed to improving the workingconditions of law enforcement officers and the safety of those we servethrough education, legislation, information, community involvement, andemployee representation. The National FOP PAC is the power behind our organization's punch onCapitol Hill, representing its members in the most effective way possible.Our challenge to you is to have each and every FOP member in yourdepartment, lodge, and State commit $5.00 a month to the NFOP PAC.Please contact the National Legislative Office to learn about the variousways you can contribute to the NFOP PAC.

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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