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@GLFOP @FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICELEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITYOn the last episode of the Blue View Podcast, National President Patrick Yoes satdown with Representative Pete Stauber. A former law enforcement officer,Congressman Stauber represents Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District.LISTEN TO EPISODE CLICK TO SUBSCRIBENational President Patrick Yoes worked out of the National Headquarters inNashville, TN this week and helped oversee preparations for the 66th BiennialNational Conference and Expo.
@GLFOP @FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICELEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITYExecutive Director Jim Pasco and Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson, alongwith their counterparts at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP),participated in a video conference call led by Vanita Gupta, Associate U.S. AttorneyGeneral, and Hugh T. Clements, Jr., Director of the Office of Community OrientedPolicing Services, to be briefed on the ongoing implementation of Executive Order14074 on Advancing Effective, Accountable Policing and Criminal Justice Practicesto Enhance Public Trust and Public Safety.National President Patrick Yoes gave numerous media interviews regarding lawenforcement challenges on the horizon, the recruitment and retention crisis, and theNational FOP's data showing a rise in the number of officers shot in the line of duty.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Kirsten M. Clarke, Attorney General forthe Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), regarding theannouncement that the DOJ has opened a civil pattern or practice investigationinto the City of Memphis and the Memphis Police Department (MPD).National President Patrick Yoes participated in a teleconference with theconference’s host committee in preparation for the 66th Biennial NationalConference and Expo.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Vanessa Chen, Special Assistant to thePresident for Criminal Justice and Guns Policy at the White House, to discussissues related to the Federal government’s efforts to respond to violent crime andto address the ongoing recruitment and retention crisis.
@GLFOP @FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICELEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITYSenior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson represented the FOP on a lawenforcement stakeholder call hosted by Stephanie Feldman, Assistant to thePresident and Staff Secretary, concerning new and ongoing initiatives to combatviolent crime and firearm crime.Legislative Liaison Asa Render represented the FOP during a stakeholder call todiscuss the pending introduction of the “Kenneth P. Thompson Begin Again Act.”The bill was introduced in the Senate this week as S. 2596. Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson represented the FOP on a lawenforcement stakeholder call hosted by staff in the office of Senator Lindsay O.Graham (R-SC), Ranking Member of the Committee on the Judiciary, to discussdraft legislation that would establish a commission to protect digital consumers.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson met with staff in the office of BenjaminL. Cline (R-VA) to discuss H.R. 743, the “Protect and Serve Act,” and H.R. 3170,the “Homes for Every Local Protector, Educator, and Responder (HELPER) Act.” Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaison David Tabohspoke with staff in the offices of Garret N. Graves (R-LA) and Abigail A.Spanberger (D-VA) to discuss the next steps regarding H.R. 82, the "SocialSecurity Fairness Act."
@GLFOP @FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICEPresident Joseph R. Biden, Jr., signed a proclamation that established a nationalmonument to commemorate the legacy of Emmett Till, whose murder helped ignitethe civil rights movement, and that of his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley. The Tillmonument, the fourth national monument designated by the Biden administration,will span three sites in Illinois and Mississippi that hold historical importance to thestory of Emmett Till’s life and the events surrounding his racially motivated murderin 1955. The U.S. Department of Justice announced that is has opened a pattern or practiceinvestigation into the City of Memphis and the Memphis Police Department (MPD).The investigation will seek to determine whether there are systemic violations ofthe Constitution or Federal law by MPD.THIS WEEK IN WASHINGTONTHE WHITE HOUSE
The House Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing, entitled “Oversight of theDrug Enforcement Administration.” The agency’s Administrator, Anne M. Milgram,testified.The House passed H.R. 4366, the “Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, andRelated Agencies Appropriations Act,” on an 219-211 vote. The bill, which providesfunding for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), andrelated agencies, was transmitted to the Senate for further action.The House Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing, entitled “Oversight of theU.S. Department of Homeland Security.” Alejandro N. Mayorkas, Secretary for theU.S. Department of Homeland Security, testified.@GLFOP @FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICETHIS WEEK IN WASHINGTONTHE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
@GLFOP @FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICETHIS WEEK IN WASHINGTONTHE UNITED STATES SENATES. 546, the “Recruit and Retain Act,” which would expand the scope of theHiring Program administered by the Office of Community Oriented PolicingServices (COPS) to allow funds to be used to reduce application fees and othersimilar costs for job applicantsS. 994, the “Strong Communities Act,” which would help build on thecommunity-policing model by establishing a grant program for local lawenforcement agencies to assist in recruiting officers from their own communityS. 1387, the “Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act,”which would reauthorize critical funding and support for local law enforcementagencies and community organizations that help reduce violent crime andenhance public safetyThe Senate passed three FOP-supported bills, all by unanimous consent:The bills were transmitted to the House for further action.The Senate passed S. 2226, the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year2024,” on an 86-11 vote. The FOP was successful in preventing the considerationof amendments that would have negatively impacted surplus equipment programslike the 1033 program administered by the U.S. Department of Defense. The FOP was also successful in our effort to include S. Amdt. 1065 into theunderlying bill. The amendment, which the FOP strongly supports, would broadeneligibility and partially address the projected funding shortfall for the World TradeCenter Health Program (WTCHP). The amendment would also expand access to theprogram by including victims and responders to the Shanksville crash site and thePentagon as eligible for enrollment. The amendment was agreed to on a 94-4 vote.The underlying bill, S. 2226, will now go to conference with the House-passedmeasure, H.R. 2670, for reconciliation.
SOCIAL SECURITY FAIRNESS ACTTOP LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIESLAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS’ EQUITY ACTCOLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTSH.R. 132264 COSPONSORSR: 16 D: 48H.R. 82288 COSPONSORSR: 89 D: 199S. 59744 COSPONSORSR: 5 D: 39@GLFOP @FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICEH.R. 354PROTECT AND SERVE ACTNOT YET INTRODUCED IN THE SENATEH.R. 74378 COSPONSORSR: 67 D: 1133 COSPONSORSR: 33 D: 0LEOSA REFORM ACTHELPER ACTH.R. 317067 COSPONSORSR: 20 D: 47S. 15149 COSPONSORSR: 1 D: 8MORE RESOURCES BILLS SUPPORTEDS. 14622 COSPONSORSR: 2 D: 0H.R. 353929 COSPONSORSR: 6 D: 23NOT YET INTRODUCED IN THE SENATES. 16581 COSPONSORSR: 1 D: 0
@GLFOP @FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICEFOP NEWSROOMNational President Patrick Yoes sent a letter to Senators Schumer andMcConnell in support of S. Amdt. 1065, an amendment to S. 2226, the“National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2024."S. Amdt. 1065, an amendment to S. 2226, the “NationalDefense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2024"National President Patrick Yoes sent a letter to Senators Coons andCornyn in support of S. 2596, the “Kenneth P. Thompson Begin AgainAct."S. 2596, the “Kenneth P. Thompson Begin Again Act”In D.C. and its suburbs, property crimes are on the rise, and theattention paid to them perhaps even more so — as posts onneighborhood listservs and viral videos documenting brazen criminalactivity rocket around the internet... READ MORE.Property crime is going viral in D.C., putting shoppers onedge [Washington Post]A mother grieving her slain son and other outraged residents filledVallejo City Council chambers Tuesday with cries of alarm over theVallejo Police Department's slow response times and evaporatingresources... READ MORE.Calif. city declares state of emergency due toshortage of police officers [Police 1]The Justice Department announced today that it has opened a civilpattern or practice investigation into the City of Memphis and theMemphis Police Department (MPD)... READ MOREJustice Department Announces Pattern or PracticeInvestigation of the City of Memphis and the MemphisPolice Department
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