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LEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITYCLICK TO REGISTER FOR THE EVENT & BOOK LODGINGNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE @GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNational President Patrick Yoes joined the California StateFOP, virtually, for the installation of the State's newestLodge, the Riverside Sheriffs' Association Lodge #951.We’re excited to welcome the more than 4,000 men andwomen of the Riverside Sheriffs' Association Lodge #951to our nation’s oldest and largest law enforcement labororganization—the National Fraternal Order of Police!National President Patrick Yoes gave numerous media interviews regarding lawenforcement challenges on the horizon, the increase of violence toward lawenforcement officers across the country, and the recruitment and retention crisis.
LEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITYNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE @GLFOP@FOPNATIONALExecutive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Heather Fong, Acting Assistant Secretary forState and Local Law Enforcement at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS),in advance of a call she hosted on expanding the accessibility of DHS grant programsfor State and local law enforcement.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Vanita Gupta, U.S. Associate Attorney General,about the ongoing efforts to implement the Executive Order on Advancing Effective,Accountable Policing and Criminal Justice Practices to Enhance Public Trust and PublicSafety.Executive Director Jim Pasco and Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardsonrepresented the FOP on a stakeholders call hosted by U.S. Homeland Security SecretaryAlejandro H. Mayorkas to discuss the Department’s grant programs.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Erika Dinkel-Smith, Director of LaborEngagement at the White House, about law enforcement vacancies throughout theFederal government as well as about the policing apprenticeship program the FOP isdeveloping.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke withAlejandro N. Mayorkas, Secretary of theU.S. Department of Homeland Security,about the progress being made to bettersecure the southern border.
LEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITYNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE @GLFOP@FOPNATIONALSenior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson spoke withstakeholders and staff in the office of Representative John H.Rutherford (R-FL) regarding the re-introduction of the “Homes forEvery Local Protector, Educator, and Responder (HELPER) Act."Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson spoke with staff in theoffice of Representative Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) to discussH.R. 27, the “Prosecutors Need to Prosecute Act.”Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and LegislativeLiaison David Taboh met with staff in the office ofRepresentative John R. Carter (R-TX) to discuss thereauthorization of the hiring program administered by the Officeof Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and ways tomake Federal resources available to address recruitment andretention issues.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and LegislativeLiaison David Taboh met with majority staff on the Committeeon the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism andHomeland Security.
LEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITYFEDERAL OFFICERS' COALITION MEETING11AM | 6 FEBRUARY 2023 D.C. LODGE #1711 4TH STREET, NW, WASHINGTON, D.C. 20001Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaison Asa Render met withstaff in the office of Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) to discuss the “Protect andServe Act” and other issues of mutual interest and cooperation.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson spoke with stakeholders and staff in theoffice of Senator John Cornyn III (R-TX) about draft legislation addressing instances ofconcussions and other traumatic brain injuries amongst law enforcement officers.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson met with minority staff on the Committee onthe Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaison Asa Render met withstaff in the office of Representative Abigail A. Spanberger (D-VA) to discuss the“Protect and Serve Act” and other issues of mutual interest and cooperation.NATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE @GLFOP@FOPNATIONALOPEN TO ALL ACTIVE ANDRETIRED FEDERAL OFFICERS CONTACT: CHAD JONES AT SDFOP12@GMAIL.COM
THI S WE E K I N WA S HIN G TONTHE WHITE HOUSE@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICEPresident Joseph R. Biden Jr., accompanied by U.S. Homeland SecretaryAlejandro N. Mayorkas, visited the southern border in El Paso, Texas for the firsttime during his presidency. While at the border, the President visited a section ofthe border wall, spoke with U.S. Border Patrol agents, and toured a migrant center.
THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESTHI S WE E K I N WA S HIN G TON@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICEThe House elected Representative KevinO. McCarthy (R-CA) as Speaker of theHouse on the 15th ballot—somethingthat has not happened in more than 150years. Representative McCarthy waselected on a 216-212 vote, with sixMembers voting “present.” After theelection, the House adopted their rulespackage, H. Res. 5 on a 220-213 vote. The House announced the Chairmen and Ranking Members for the followingcommittees of most interest to the FOP:Homeland Security: Rep. Mark E. Green (R-TN), Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS)Judiciary: Rep. James D. Jordan (R-OH), Rep. Jerrold L. Nadler (D-NY))Ways and Means: Rep. Jason T. Smith (R-MO), Rep. Richard E. Neal (D-MA)Education and Workforce: Rep. Virginia A. Foxx (R-NC), Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA)Financial Services: Rep. Patrick T. McHenry (R-NC), Rep. Maxine M. Waters (D-CA)The House established a Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of theFederal Government under the auspices of the Committee on the Judiciary, byadopting H. Res. 12 on a 221-211 vote. The new subcommittee will have broadpowers to investigate the executive branch.
THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESTHI S WE E K I N WA S HIN G TONTHE UNITED STATES SENATE@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICEThe Senate was in recess this week. They will reconvene on 23 January. The House established a Select Committee on the Strategic Competition Betweenthe United States and the Chinese Communist Party, by adopting H. Res. 11 on a365-65 vote. The new committee is tasked with investigating and submittingpolicy recommendations concerning the status of the economic, technological,and security progress of China and its competition with the United States.Representatives Garret N. Graves(R-LA) and Abigail A. Spanberger(D-VA) re-introduced H.R. 82, the“Social Security Fairness Act.” Thelegislation, which is a top legislativepriority for the FOP, would repealthe Windfall Elimination Provision(WEP) and Government PensionOffset (GPO). The bill currently has10 cosponsors.
TOP LEG I SLA T IVE PRI O RIT I ES@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICESOCIAL SECURITY FAIRNESS ACTThis bill would repeal both the "Windfall Elimination Provision" and the "Government PensionOffset" in current Social Security law.LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS’ EQUITY ACTThis bill would expand the definition of "law enforcement officer" for salary and retirementbenefits to include all Federal law enforcement officers.COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTSThe “Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act” would recognize the right of lawenforcement and other public safety officers to bargain collectively with their employers.LEOSA REFORM ACTThe bill would amend the Law Enforcement Officers' Safety Act (LEOSA), exempting qualifiedactive and retired law enforcement officers from local and State prohibitions on the carriage ofconcealed firearms, to ensure that these officers are able to carry in the same venues as civilianconcealed carry permit holders and extends the exemption to magazine capacity. It would allowactive and retired law enforcement to access services at some Federal buildings and offices.PROTECT AND SERVE ACTThe bill would make it a Federal crime to target a law enforcement officer with an assault thatresults in seriously bodily harm or death.MORE RESOURCES LIST OF BILLS SUPPORTEDNOT YET INTRODUCED IN THE SENATENOT YET INTRODUCED IN THE HOUSE NOT YET INTRODUCED IN THE SENATENOT YET INTRODUCED IN THE HOUSE NOT YET INTRODUCED IN THE SENATENOT YET INTRODUCED IN THE HOUSE NOT YET INTRODUCED IN THE SENATENOT YET INTRODUCED IN THE HOUSE NOT YET INTRODUCED IN THE SENATEH.R. 8210 COSPONSORSR: 6 D: 4
FOP NEW S ROO MIndiana Rep. Jim Banks, a Republican, reintroduced a billto codify qualified immunity police protections into law asthe 118th Congress kicks off... MoreBanks reintroduces bill to codify qualifiedimmunity police protections into law [Fox News]@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICELast year, 327 career criminals were responsible for 30%of New York City’s 22,000 shoplifting arrests, according tothe New York City Police Department. “And guess what,”said the exasperated NYPD official who... MoreThe Economic and Human Costs of ProtectingCriminals [Wall Street Journal]Patrick Yoes, National President of the Fraternal Order ofPolice, applauded the re-introduction of H.R. 82, the“Social Security Fairness Act,” in the U.S. House... More“Social Security Fairness Act” Introduced in theHouse: H.R. 82: Would Repeal WEP and GPODOJ recently released the Fiscal Year 2023 DOJ GrantsProgram Plan. The program plan summarizes the fundingopportunities each DOJ grant-making component isexpecting to release or has released in a particular fiscalyear... MoreFY23 DOJ Program Plan Now AvailableThe process for empowering community-driven, crime-reduction initiatives does not need to be complicated, butit does take planning. Learn successful policing... MoreCRI-TAC Community Engagement Mini-Series:Building a Community-Centered Ecosystem toReduce Violent Crime
BLUE VIE W PO DCAS TTHE BLUE VIEW PODCASTNational President Patrick Yoes sits down with guests to discussthe issues and current events surrounding the law enforcementcommunity. Each week you'll hear from law enforcementexperts, elected officials, and notable leaders!SUBSCRIBE@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICELISTEN NOWREAL TALK: WHAT'S FUELINGTHE CRIME CRISIS?with Rick SnyderThe United States is experiencing a realcrisis with the level of violence directed atour law enforcement officers. It's unlikeanything we've seen in the past 30 years.We’ve seen more than 300 law enforcementofficers shot in the line of duty this... MORELISTEN NOWwith Congressman Garret GravesFIGHTING FOR FAIRNESSThe Social Security Fairness Act is thenumber one legislative priority for the FOP.Because of current Social Security law,millions of retired police officers,firefighters, and other governmentemployees face as much as a 60% cut totheir Social Security benefits... MORE
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