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President signs 3 NAPO supported Law Enforcement bills into law

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: November 19, 2021

On Nov. 19, President Biden in a significant victory for NAPO, signed the Protecting America’s First Responders Act (S. 1511), the COPS Counseling Act (S. 1502), and the Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila Federal Officers and Employees Protection Act (S. 921) into law. NAPO was at the White House for the bill signing ceremony.

The Protecting America’s First Responders Act makes it easier for public safety officers disabled in the line of duty to qualify for the federal Public Safety Officer’s Benefits (PSOB) Program’s disability benefits, ensures that beneficiaries receive the highest award amount possible, and makes certain their children are able to benefit from the Public Safety Officers’ Education Assistance Program.

The COPS Counseling Act implements confidentiality standards for federal law enforcement peer support counseling programs and directs the U.S. Attorney General to report on best practices and professional standards for state and local peer support counseling programs.

The Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila Federal Law Enforcement Protection Act applies federal extra territorial jurisdiction to federal murder or attempted murder cases of federal law enforcement officers.

For more information, click on the Nov. 19, 2021 Washington Report below.


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