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FOP Update - 2 December 2022

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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 D E C 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 -

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LEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITY@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICENational President Patrick Yoes worked out of theGovernment and Media Affairs Center in Washington,D.C. as well as the National Headquarters in Nashville,Tennessee this week.CLICK TO SUBSCRIBEOn this week's episode of the Blue View, National President Patrick Yoes satdown with Representative Garret N. Graves (R-LA) to discuss the fight forfairness. Since he was first elected in 2014, Representative Graves has beena leader on the issue of fairness. Today, he continues to be an outspokenadvocate for repealing the WEP and GPO in current Social Security law.LISTEN TO EPISODE

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LEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITY@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICENational 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.Keith Turney, National Sergeant-at-Arms, Alabama State Lodge PresidentEverette Johnson, and Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson had a virtualconference call with the National Police Explorers as well as scouting andExplorer leaders in Alabama to discuss how the Explorer program might helplaw enforcement recruitment efforts.Keith Turney, National Sergeant-at-Arms, and Senior Legislative Liaison TimRichardson had a virtual conference call with Hughes McLean in the U.S.Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship to discuss the development ofan apprentice program to help recruit new law enforcement officers.National President Patrick Yoes and Executive Director Jim Pasco attendedthe U.S. Department of Justice's annual holiday reception. While there,National President Yoes and Executive Director Pasco were able to havesubstantive conversations with U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland, U.S.Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco as well as U.S. Associate AttorneyGeneral Vanita Gupta.

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LEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITYExecutive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Heather Fong, Counselor to the U.S.Secretary of Homeland Security, regarding planning cooperative outreachefforts for 2023.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with U.S. Assistant Attorney GeneralKristen M. Clarke for the Civil Rights Division within the U.S. Department ofJustice regarding the Civil Rights Division's agenda.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.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Robert Chapman, Acting Director ofthe Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), regarding theCOPS Office's funding outlook.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson spoke with Robert Chapman, ActingDirector of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, regarding therecruitment and retention crisis and other issues.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson spoke with Melissa Nee, SpecialAdvisor to the Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), aboutissues of mutual concern—including assistance to State and local agenciesand the recruitment and retention crisis.@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE

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LEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITYSenior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson represented the FOP on astakeholder conference call with officials from BJA to discuss forensic issuesfacing today’s law enforcement.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson participated in a stakeholdersconference call with Senator John Cornyn III’s (R-TX) Judiciary Committeestaff to discuss next steps following the failed House suspension vote on S.4003, the “Law Enforcement De-escalation Training Act.”Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson had discussions with staff in manyHouse offices following the failed suspension vote on S. 4003.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson spoke with Senator Richard M.Burr’s (R-NC) staff with the Committee on Health, Education, Labor andPensions (HELP) about S. 2422, the “Bipartisan Solutions to Cyclical ViolenceAct.” The FOP supports the legislation and is working to pass the Housecompanion bill, H.R. 1260, in the Senate before adjournment.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson spoke with staff in the office ofRepresentative Garret N. Graves (R-LA) about re-introducing the “SocialSecurity Fairness Act” in the 118th Congress.@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE

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THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESTHIS WEEK IN WASHINGTONThe House considered and rejected an effort to suspend the rules and pass S.4003, the ‘Law Enforcement De-Escalation Training Act,” on a 247-160 vote.The bill had the support of a majority of the House, but to pass legislationunder a suspension of the rules requires a two-thirds majority. The FOP isurging House leadership to bring the bill back to the floor under a closed rule,which would allow the bill to pass by a simple majority.The House passed S. 3846, the "Justice and Mental Health CollaborationReauthorization Act," on a 389-22 vote. The legislation will now go to thePresident, who is expected to sign it into law.The House passed H.R. 5455, the "Terry Technical Correction Act," on a 307-101 vote. The legislation, which broadens the scope of crack cocaineoffenders who are eligible for a retroactive sentencing reduction under theFirst Step Act, was transmitted to the Senate for further action.@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE

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THIS WEEK IN WASHINGTONTHE UNITED STATES SENATEThe Senate confirmed numerous judicial nominations. The Senate Committee on the Judiciary advanced numerous judicialnominees.The Senate and House passed H.J. Res 100 on a 85-15 and 290-137 vote,respectively. The legislation, which would put into force an earlier dealbetween railroad freight carriers and unions, averting a potential strike, wassent to the President, who is expected to sign it into law.@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE

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COSPONSORS94305211H.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 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE

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The "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. 3079LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE

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BLUE VIEW PODCASTFeaturing Jason LehmanOn 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 WALLSFeaturing Congressman Garret GravesThe Social Security Fairness Act is thenumber one legislative priority for the FOP.Because of current Social Security law,millions of retired police officers,firefighters, teachers, and othergovernment employees face as much as a60% cut to their Social Security benefits.The FOP has been fighting for... MOREFIGHTING FOR FAIRNESSSUBSCRIBETHE 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 POLICE

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FOP NEW S ROO MAs violent crime continues to plague New Orleans,investigators have been given another tool to help solvecases following a reversal over the summer... MoreNew Orleans reverses facial recognition ban tohelp police fight crime; privacy experts are wary[Fox News]New York Mayor Eric Adams on Tuesday directed firstresponders to enforce a state law that allows them topotentially involuntarily commit people... MoreNew York Mayor says NYPD and first responderscan involuntarily commit those in mental healthcrisis [CNN]The city of Lakewood, Colorado, unveiled high-techcameras on busy intersections that can read licenseplates and detect stolen cars... MoreColorado town installs high-tech cameras to nabcar thieves, but cops lack manpower to pursuesuspects [WFIN]The National Fraternal Order of Police reports that as of30 November, there have been 302 officers shot so far in2022, 56 of whom were killed by gunfire... MoreFOP Monthly Update: Officers Shot and KilledThe Department of Homeland Security is warning of risingthreats in the coming months. A report from DHS referredto a heightened threat environment, with risks of domesticterror attacks committed by lone-wolf actors... MoreDHS warns of heightened threats ahead ofholidays [The Hill]@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE

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MAKE Y URVOICE HEARDSOCIAL 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 ACT I ON C ENT E R@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE

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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. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICEOFFICE OF JUSTICEPROGRAMSADD I TIO N AL R ESO U RCE S@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE

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