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LEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITYNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE @GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNational President Patrick Yoes traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah to visit apossible site for the 2027 Biennial National Conference & Expo.National President Patrick Yoes attended the swearing in of Sheriff GregChampagne as President of National Sheriff’s Association.National President Patrick Yoes attended the St. Charles Lodge #15 generalmembership meeting in Luling, Louisiana.
LEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITYNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE @GLFOP@FOPNATIONALLISTEN TO EPISODE CLICK TO SUBSCRIBEOn this week's episode of the Blue View, National President Patrick Yoes satdown with a remarkable young man, Zechariah Cartledge, the founder of Running4 Heroes, and his father, Chad Cartledge. A fan favorite throughout the lawenforcement community, Zechariah started Running 4 Heroes in 2019 when hewas 10 years old. The organization supports injured First Responders, K9’s, andfamilies of fallen first responders and also honors them with a 1-mile run. Since2019, Running 4 Heroes has awarded more than $600,000 in funding to families offallen heroes and has conducted more than 1,300 mile runs in their honor.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 & ACTIVITYCLICK TO REGISTER FOR THE EVENT & BOOK LODGINGNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE @GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNational Sergeant-at-Arms Keith Turney and Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardsonhad an extensive virtual meeting with the leadership of Public Safety Cadets, a nonprofitorganization founded and managed by active and retired law enforcement officers toprepare young people for careers in policing and public safety.Executive Director Jim Pasco and Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson joined theircounterparts with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) at the WhiteHouse to meet with Chiraag Bains, Deputy Assistant to the President & Deputy Director ofthe Domestic Policy Council for Racial Justice and Equity, Vanessa Chen, SpecialAssistant to the President for Criminal Justice and Guns Policy, and other White Houseofficials to discuss the organizations’ priorities, the implementation of the President’sExecutive Order on policing and criminal justice, and the developing situation in Memphis.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Vanita Gupta, U.S. Associate Attorney General,regarding the developing situation in Memphis and the pending release of video footagefrom the assault on Tyre Nichols.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Heather J. Fong, Assistant Secretary for Stateand Local Law Enforcement, at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, regarding thecurrent situation at the southern border and about the numerous leadership vacancies inthe Department.CLICK TO VIEW THE BRIEFING MATERIALS
LEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITYNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE @GLFOP@FOPNATIONALSenior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaison David Taboh met withJudiciary Committee staff with the office of Senator and Ranking Member Lindsey O.Graham (R-SC) about the “Protect and Serve Act” and other FOP priorities for the 118thCongress.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaison David Taboh met withJudiciary Committee staff in the offices of Senators Charles E. Grassley (R-IA), JohnCornyn III (R-TX), and Cory A. Booker (D-NJ) about the “Protect and Serve Act” andother FOP priorities for the 118th Congress.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson spoke with staff in the office of SenatorThomas R. Tillis (R-NC) about the “Protect and Serve Act” and other FOP priorities forthe 118th Congress.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaison Asa Render met withJudiciary Committee staff with the office of Senator and Chairman Richard J. Durbin (D-IL) about the “Protect and Serve Act” and other FOP priorities for the 118th Congress.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaison Asa Render met withJudiciary Committee staff with the office of Senators Christopher A. Coons (D-DE), AmyJ. Klobuchar (D-MN), and Ted Cruz (R-TX) about the “Protect and Serve Act” and otherFOP priorities for the 118th Congress.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaison Asa Render met withstaff in the office of Representative David J. Trone (D-MD) to discuss the enactment ofthe Public Safety Officers’ Support Act and issues of mutual interest in the 118thCongress.
THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESTHIS WEE K IN WAS HING TON@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICETHE UNITED STATES SENATEThe House passed H.R. 300, the “Settlement Agreement Information DatabaseAct,” on a 425-0 vote. The bill, which requires executive agencies to submitinformation regarding settlement agreements, including consent decrees, to apublic database, will now be transmitted to the Senate.Additional committee and subcommittee assignments in the House wereannounced, along with all Chairmen and Ranking Members. However, as of thiswriting, several committees and many subcommittees do not have full rosters.The Senate Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing entitled “That's the Ticket:Promoting Competition and Protecting Consumers in Live Entertainment."The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations held a hearing entitled "CounteringRussian Aggression: Ukraine and Beyond."
TOP LEGI SLAT IVE PRIO RITI 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 SENATENOT YET INTRODUCED IN THE HOUSE NOT YET INTRODUCED IN THE SENATEH.R. 8294 COSPONSORSR: 31 D: 63H.R. 35421 COSPONSORSR: 21 D: 0
FOP NEWS ROOM@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICEFive former Memphis police officers were indictedThursday on murder charges in the death of Tyre Nichols,whose beating after a traffic stop was captured on videothat “sickened” a top Tennessee law... More5 Ex-Memphis Police Officers are Charged withMurder in Tyre Nichols' Death [NBC News]Fentanyl seizures across the US southern border continueto skyrocket, with 9,400 pounds of the killer drug seizedbetween October and December, a 241% increase year-on-year, according to federal figures... More9,400 Pounds of Fentanyl Seized at US BorderDuring 3-Month Period [New York Post]A protest turned violent in downtown Atlanta on Saturdaynight in the wake of the death of an environmental activistwho was killed by authorities this week after officials saidthe 26-year-old shot a state trooper... More6 Arrested After 'Cop City' Protesters Lit AtlantaPD Cruiser Ablaze, Smashed Windows [AP]Backed by the city’s police union, a state senatorWednesday outlined the latest GOP attempt to put the St.Louis Metropolitan Police Department back... MoreMissouri Lawmakers Debate Plan to Put St. LouisPolice Under State Control [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]“The event as described to us does not constitutelegitimate police work or a traffic stop gone wrong,” Yoessaid.“ This is a criminal assault under the pretext of law.The Memphis Police Department... MoreFOP National President “Infuriated” byDescription of Assault by Memphis Officers
BLUE VIE W PO DCAS TTHE BLUE VIEW PODCASTSUBSCRIBE@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICELISTEN NOWON A MISSION TO HONOR OURFALLEN HEROESwith Zechariah and Chad CartledgeNational FOP President Patrick Yoes sitsdown with a remarkable young man,Zechariah Cartledge, the founder of @running4heroesinc . Joining them is ChadCartledge, Zechariah's father and CEO ofRunning 4 Heroes... MORELISTEN NOWPRIORITY FOR POLICE: OFFICERHEALTH AND WELLNESSwith Sherri MartinWorking in law enforcement, where officersshow up and suit up every day to serve theircommunities, can be a stressful job. Somestudies show that the average officerexperiences more traumatic events in 6months than the average person... MORE
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