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Washington Report – April 8, 2019

Posted by: Jennifer Gomori Posted date: April 9, 2019

On March 29, the COPS Office announced the latest Fiscal 2019 grant solicitations, which included funding opportunities for the newly established Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (LEMHWA) Program. The LEMHWA program is a competitive solicitation, open to all public governmental agencies, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, community groups, and faith-based organizations. Applications must be submitted by May 28, 2019; NAPO met with the staff of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to discuss our priority legislation for this Congress. Specifically, NAPO discussed the legislation we want to see movement on or passed during National Police Week; NAPO has offered its full support for the Supporting and Treating Officers in Crisis (STOIC) Act (S. 998). This legislation would reauthorize and revitalize a DOJ grant program for law enforcement officer family-support services and will expand the grant program’s eligible uses to better address the mental-health and support needs to LEOs. The bill would specifically allow grant recipients to use funds to establish suicide-prevention programs and to support officers suffering stress and mental-health issues. An April 2018 white paper by the Ruderman Family Foundation found that first responders are more likely to die from suicide than in the line of duty. In 2018, there were at least 159 police officer suicides compared to 145 line of duty deaths. Officers are 2.5 times more likely to die from suicides than from homicides, according to the National Study of Police Suicides; Consider becoming a Law Enforcement Organization Sponsor for the 26th Annual TOP COPS Awards® on Sunday, May 12, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. For more information on becoming a sponsor and details on these and other legislative news, click on the April 8, 2019 Washington Report below.

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