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LEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITYNational President Patrick Yoes traveled to Chicago, Illinois to attenda membership meeting at Chicago FOP Lodge #7.National President Patrick Yoes participated in a meeting of the National Board ofTrustees.National President Patrick Yoes participated in a planning meeting with Concernsof Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) and the National FOP Auxiliary to discuss the 42ndAnnual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service.National President Patrick Yoes traveled to Chicago, Illinois for a site visit for the2027 National Biennial Conference bid. NATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE @GLFOP@FOPNATIONAL
LEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITYNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE @GLFOP@FOPNATIONALLISTEN TO EPISODE CLICK TO SUBSCRIBEOn this week's episode of the Blue View Podcast, National President Patrick Yoessat down with Josh Crawford to discuss what's fueling America's crime crisis.Josh is the Director of Criminal Justice Initiatives with the Georgia Center forOpportunity where he leads their public safety and re-entry work. He has testifiedbefore local and state legislative committees as well as Federal agencies and aPresidential Commission. Josh's work has been featured in the places like theNational Review, the Washington Examiner, and Chicago Sun-Times, among otherpublications around the country.National President Patrick Yoes gave numerous media interviews regarding lawenforcement challenges on the horizon, the recruitment and retention crisis, andthe National FOP's data which shows a surge in the number of officers shot in theline of duty.
LEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITYNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE @GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNational Sergeant-at-Arms Keith Turney and Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardsonparticipated in a conference call with Hughes McLean, the Apprenticeship and TrainingRepresentative in the Office of Apprenticeship at the U.S. Department of Labor, to discussthe FOP’s ongoing effort to develop a national apprenticeship program for lawenforcement officers.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Stefanie Feldman, Deputy Assistant to thePresident, regarding FOP priorities.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Betsy Henthorne, chief of staff for U.S.Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta, to discuss the planning of future meetings withFOP members.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Heather J. Fong, Senior Counselor to theSecretary for Law Enforcement at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, regardingjoint educational efforts of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and U.S.Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) about the dangers of fentanyl.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Marvin G. Richardson, Deputy Director of theBureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), to discuss mutual efforts toincrease awareness and National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN).
LEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITYNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE @GLFOP@FOPNATIONALSenior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson represented the FOP on a stakeholderconference called hosted by Kembra A. Hendrix, Senior Advisor to Kiran Ahuja, Directorof the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), to discuss the implementation of Section3. Strengthening Officer Recruitment, Hiring, Promotion and Retention Practices ofExecutive Order 14074, “Advancing Effective, Accountable Policing and Criminal JusticePractices to Enhance Public Trust and Public Safety.”Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative LiaisonAsa Render represented the FOP at a stakeholder meeting withstaff in the office of Representative Kevin O. McCarthy (R-CA),Speaker of the House, to discuss law enforcement priorities forthe 118th Congress.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson met with staff in theoffice of the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Mitch McConnell(R-KY), to discuss S. J. Res. 12 disapproving recent actions bythe Washington, D.C. City Council; the nomination of Gigi B. Sohnto the Federal Communications Commission (FCC); the “Protectand Serve Act,”; and other FOP priorities.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative LiaisonDavid Taboh represented the FOP at a stakeholder meeting withstaff in the office of Senator Lindsay O. Graham (R-SC), RankingMember of the Committee on the Judiciary, to discuss legislativepriorities for the 118th Congress.
LEG I SLA T IVE NEW S & A CTI V ITYSenior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaisons Asa Render and DavidTaboh participated in a brown bag, monthly criminal justice stakeholder meeting.NATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE @GLFOP@FOPNATIONALSenior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson met with staff in theoffice of Senator Sherrod D. Brown (D-OH) to discuss the “SocialSecurity Fairness Act,”; the “Homes for Every Local Protector,Educator, and Responder (HELPER) Act,”; the “Protect and ServeAct,” as well as other FOP legislative priorities.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative LiaisonDavid Taboh met with staff in the office of Senator R. Jon Tester(D-MT) to discuss S. J. Res. 12 disapproving recent actions by theWashington, D.C. City Council; the nomination of Gigi B. Sohn tothe Federal Communications Commission (FCC); the “Protect Actand Serve Act,”; and other FOP priorities.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative LiaisonDavid Taboh met with staff in the office Senator William F. Hagerty IV (R-TN) to discuss S. J. Res. 12 disapproving recent actions bythe Washington, D.C. City Council.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson met with staff in theoffice of Representative Thomas H. Kean, Jr. (R-NJ) to discussFOP priorities in the 118th Congress.
THI S WE E K I N WA S HIN G TONTHE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICEThe United States Department of Justice announced over $200 million in grantsthat will provide funding to States for the creation and implementation of extremerisk protection order programs, State crisis intervention court proceedings, andrelated gun violence reduction initiatives. These awards were originally authorizedas part of the FOP-supported Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.
THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESTHI S WE E K I N WA S HIN G TON@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICEThe House was in recess this week.THE UNITED STATES SENATEThe Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held its thirdhearing to consider Gigi B. Sohn's nomination to be a Commissioner of theFederal Communications Commission (FCC). The FOP has written multiple lettersin opposition to her confirmation. The Committee will vote at a later date onwhether to send her nomination to the Senate floor for a full vote.The Senate Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing entitled “Protecting OurChildren Online.”The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations held a hearing entitled “CounteringIllicit Fentanyl Trafficking.”
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 SENATEH.R. 82151 COSPONSORSR: 45 D: 106H.R. 35424 COSPONSORSR: 24 D: 0NOT YET INTRODUCED IN THE SENATEH.R. 7435 COSPONSORSR: 2 D: 3
FOP NEW S ROO M@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICENational President Patrick Yoes sent a letter to SenatorWilliam F. Hagerty IV in regards to S.J. Res. 12, aresolution disapproving the adoption of the RevisedCriminal Code Act (RCCA)... MoreS.J. Res. 12, disapproving Washington, D.C. CityCouncil's Revised Criminal Code Act (RCCA)National President Patrick Yoes sent a letter toRepresentatives Joyce and Trone in support of H.R. 795,the “Protecting First Responders from SecondaryExposure Act”... MoreH.R. 795, the “Protecting First Responders fromSecondary Exposure Act”Add yet more deaths to the hideous toll inflicted by“progressives” in the law: Carol Siemon, the George Soros-aligned Ingham County prosecutor, let alleged MSUshooter Anthony McRae skate on a 2019 gun... MoreMSU shooter Anthony McRae was armed thanks toSoros-aligned, far-left prosecutor [NY Post]A new study comparing California repeat offenders whoposted bail with those who were let out with low or nocost under "Zero Bail" policies found that the latter groupreoffended more often, more quickly and were... MoreCalifornia violent crime tripled as suspectswalked free without bail: reform study [Fox News]Patrick Yoes, National President of the Fraternal Order ofPolice, blasted the nomination of Gigi B. Sohn to serve asa Commissioner on the Federal CommunicationsCommission (FCC) ahead of next week’s confirmationhearing before the Senate Committee... MoreUPDATED: FOP Blasts FCC Nominee… Again
BLUE VIE W PO DCAS TLISTEN NOWWHO IS MOST IMPACTED BY VIOLENTCRIME? VICTIMS MATTERwith Josh Crawford It feels like every day—whether it be on ourfavorite news program or as we mindlesslyscroll through social media—we areconstantly seeing graphic footage ofheinous crimes: shootings, carjackings,vicious assaults, and even murder. For manypeople, the current crime crisis we... MORELISTEN NOWMISSION CRITICAL: COMMUNICATINGWHEN THE GRID GOES DOWNwith FirstNet President Jim BugelFor law enforcement, the importance ofcommunications systems cannot beoverstated. From conducting a search for amissing person in a remote area to trying tokeep the peace after a disaster when thegrid is down, law enforcement officersrespond to all sorts of emergencies... MORETHE BLUE VIEW PODCASTSUBSCRIBE@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE
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