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 | 2 3 N O V 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 -
LEG I S LAT I V E N E W S & A CTI V I TY@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICENational President Patrick Yoes traveled to Florence,South Dakota to attend the South Dakota State FOPConference. Also in attendance were NationalSecretary Jimmy Holderfield, National TreasurerJames Smallwood, National 2nd Vice President SteveWeiler and National Trustees Chairman Rob Pride.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 with Erika Dinkel-Smith, Director of LaborEngagement at the White House, regarding labor-related legislation in theupcoming Congress.
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICELEG I S LAT I V E N E W S & A CTI V I TYExecutive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Vanita Gupta, U.S. AssociateAttorney General, regarding the implementation of the “Public Safety OfficerSupport Act."A Justice Department office has ruled that Capitol Police officer HowardLiebengood — who killed himself days after encountering rioters during theJan. 6, 2021, insurrection — died in the line of duty, according to his familyand authorities.In August, President Biden signed the Public Safety Officer Support Act thatmade it easier for families of officers who die by suicide to access deathbenefits. The president of the national Fraternal Order of Police said theclaim filed by Liebengood is the first under that new law.Patrick Yoes, the national FOP president, said in a statement that thedecision “is an important step in acknowledging that law enforcementsuicides are service-connected and should be seen for what they are — lineof duty deaths.”Officer’s suicide after Jan. 6 riot isa line-of-duty death, DOJ saysBy Peter Hermann | November 21, 2022Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with U.S. Department of HomelandSecurity (DHS) Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas regarding various DHSpriorities, including gang violence, border issues, and domestic terrorism.READ THE FOP'S RECENT PRESS RELEASE
@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 Matt Klapper, Chief of Staff to theU.S. Attorney General, regarding the recent mass shootings that have takenplace across the country.
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICETHE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESThe House was in recess this week.THI S WEE K IN W A SHI N G TONTHE UNITED STATES SENATEThe Senate was in recess this week.
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICECOSPONSORS94305211H.R. 82LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS’ EQUITYSOCIAL SECURITY FAIRNESSCOLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTSCOSPONSORS154S. 1888COSPONSORS103525H.R. 3225NOT YET INTRODUCED IN THE SENATECOSPONSORS2510580H.R. 962COSPONSORS44238S. 1302The “Law Enforcement Officers’ Equity Act" would expand the definition of "lawenforcement officer" for salary and retirement benefits to include all Federallaw enforcement officers.The “Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act” would recognize theright of law enforcement and other public safety officers to bargaincollectively with their employers.The “Social Security Fairness Act” would repeal both the "Windfall EliminationProvision" and the "Government Pension Offset" in current Social Security law.TOP L EGISL ATIVE PRIO RITIE S
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICEThe "LEOSA Reform Act" would amend the Law Enforcement Officers' SafetyAct (LEOSA), exempts qualified active and retired law enforcement officersfrom local and State prohibitions on the carriage of concealed firearms, toensure that these officers are able to carry in the same venues as civilianconcealed carry permit holders in areas like schools and national parks, as wellas use public transportation and extends the exemption to magazine capacityand would allow active and retired law enforcement officers to access servicesat U.S. post offices, Social Security Administration offices or Veterans Affairsfacilities.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.MORE RESOURCES ON OUR LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIESFULL LIST OF LEGISLATION SUPPORTED BY THE FOPCOSPONSORS23230S. 774COSPONSORS82908H.R. 3079LEGIS LATIV E PRI ORITI ES
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICEFOP N EWSRO OMPatrick Yoes, National President of theFraternal Order of Police, welcomed news thatthe death benefit claim made by the family ofU.S. Capitol Police Officer Howard C.Liebengood, who took his own life... MOREFirst PSOB Claim Under New LawApprovedU.S. Capitol Police (USCP) Officer HowardLiebengood's suicide three days after the Jan.6 insurrection was ruled a line-of-duty death onMonday... MORECapitol Police officer's suicide after Jan.6 ruled a line-of-duty death [Axios]Pennsylvania's Republican-led Houseimpeached Philadelphia District Attorney LarryKrasner on Wednesday, further advancing theireffort to remove him from office in response tothe city's gun violence problem... MOREPhiladelphia DA Larry Krasner impeachedby Pennsylvania lawmakers in GOP-ledeffort: 'Crisis of crime' [Fox News]Target said it has lost a whopping $400 millionin profits this year thanks to organized gangsof shoplifters who have been systematicallystealing merchandise from its discountstores... MORETarget blames ‘organized retail crime’ for$400M loss in profits this year [NY Post]
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICEFeaturing Jason LehmanIn this episode of the Blue View, NationalPresident Patrick Yoes sits down withretired Long Beach Police DepartmentSergeant Jason Lehman. His organization,rather uniquely, gives speakingpresentations to both law enforcementagencies and within the schools andcommunities that these agencies... 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!BLUE VIEW PODCA STFeaturing John CohenIn Part 2 of their conversation, NationalPresident Patrick Yoes and former DHSAssistant Secretary for CounterterrorismJohn Cohen discuss encryption and “goingdark”, the importance of relationshipsbetween Federal, State, and local lawenforcement, and what makes task forcesso valuable... MOREA GROWING THREAT (PART 2)
MAKE Y URVOICE HEARD@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICESOCIAL 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 ACTIONFOP A CTION CENT ER
@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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