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Washington Report – April 22, 2022

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: April 22, 2022

NAPO’s Annual Lobby Day is Quickly Approaching! Register today for the May 11 event on Capitol Hill; NAPO’s National Police Week priorities this May include: Increased penalties for the murder, attempted murder, or assault of a federal, state or local law enforcement officer, Public Safety Officer Support Act, The LEOSA Reform Act, Expanding Healthcare Coverage for Early Retirees Act, and TBI/PTSD Law Enforcement Training Act; NAPO supports the recently introduced Law Enforcement De-Escalation Training Act (S. 4003), which would provide training curricula and funding to state and local law enforcement for training on alternatives to use of force, de-escalation, and responding to mental and behavioral health and suicidal crises; Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Charles Grassley (R-IA) introduced the Senate version of the NAPO supported Invest to Protect Act, S. 3860. This legislation would dedicate $50 million in funding from the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office specifically for small state, local, or tribal law enforcement agencies to help them train their officers, implement or expand body-worn camera programs, provide mental health resources for their officers, and retain and hire officers; NAPO pledged its support for the Improving Law Enforcement Officer Safety and Wellness Through Data Act, S. 3981, which would build on existing reporting requirements and fill data gaps to increase our understanding of the circumstances precipitating and involving ambush-style attacks against law enforcement; NAPO supports the Early Migration Alert Program (E-MAP) Act, H.R. 7462, which would require Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) to develop an alert system where state, local, and tribal government authorities can receive information regarding the impending release of migrants into local communities; The Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has released the solicitations for funding to support and promote public safety. These grants are the FY22 Connect and Protect: Law Enforcement Behavioral Health Response Program, FY22 Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program and FY22 Collaborative Crisis Response and Intervention Training Program.

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