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Washington Report – Aug. 6, 2021

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: August 6, 2021

Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) continue to negotiate language to go with their agreed to framework for police reform. Staff from both sides have been passing proposals back and forth in hopes of having legislative language agreed to before the Senate adjourns for August recess, which could be as soon as next week. NAPO continues to provide our feedback and comments on draft proposals. In addition to qualified immunity, we are working to protect long standing, constitutional good faith legal protections for officers, ensure officer due process is protected, officer privacy and confidentiality rights are guarded, and the rights of law enforcement to bargain over accountability and disciplinary actions is not eroded; The House attempted to take up the Fiscal Year 2022 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations bill, H.R. 4505, which funds the Department of Justice (DOJ), prior to adjourning for August recess on July 30. H.R. 4505 includes significant funding for NAPO’s priority grant programs, but it also attempts to pass provisions of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (H.R. 1280) as part of the bill. It also includes concerning preconditions and requirements that state and local agencies must comply with to receive grant funding. NAPO sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), which was copied to all members of the House, outlining our concerns with H.R. 4505; NAPO participated in several virtual meetings on July 20, 22 and 27 of the National Officer Safety and Wellness (OSW) Group. NAPO pushed for chiefs and sheriffs to involve rank-and-file officers and their representative unions or associations in the decision-making process as agencies look to better support officers and their families. NAPO also made clear the importance of supporting officers publicly, especially after a critical incident; At NAPO’s 43rd Annual Convention in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on July 20-23, 2021, NAPO delegates approved eight resolutions marking the Association’s legislative and policy priorities for the next year. The resolutions concern NAPO’s positions on qualified immunity, law enforcement collective bargaining rights, officer due process, efforts to defund the police, Section 242, and prosecuting those who attack or harm law enforcement officers at the local, state and federal level; NAPO has partnered with the American Intercontinental University System to offer members and their family’s educational opportunities at Trident University International and American Intercontinental University.

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