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Washington Report – Feb. 28, 2020

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: March 2, 2020

NAPO met with the staff of Representatives John Rutherford (R-FL) and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), co-chairs of the House Law Enforcement Caucus, to discuss the legislation we are prioritizing for National Police Week (week of May 11). NAPO works in conjunction with other national law enforcement organizations – both management and labor – to push a list of bills we all agree on and support to move during National Police Week. A list of bills is included in this Washington Report; NAPO also endorses the Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Street Disorder Law Enforcement Training Act. This important legislation would provide for additional training opportunities for law enforcement to improve officer response to persons affected by traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 2.87 million TBI-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths occurred in the United States in 2014; NAPO has indicated their opposition to three bills introduced by Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA) that show utter distrust of police officers and contempt for the policies in place that protect certain officer due process rights. The first bill, the Cooling-Off Period Elimination Act (H.R. 5778), would make any law enforcement agency or department ineligible for Justice Department (DOJ) law enforcement grant programs if it allows for a cooling-off period for officers after an officer involved shooting. The second bill is the Police Accountability Act (H.R. 5777), which would make it a federal crime for a law enforcement officer to assault or kill an individual. The Congressman introduced this bill last Congress and it did not gain any traction. Lastly, Johnson reintroduced the Grand Jury Reform Act (H.R. 5779), which would mandate a governor appoint a special prosecutor in cases where a law enforcement officer used deadly force; Please join NAPO on May 13, 2020 for our Legislative Day on Capitol Hill. Use this opportunity to lobby Congressional Representatives and Senators on behalf of your members concerning the issues which affect law enforcement; and click on the following links for NAPO’s updated “Sponsor/Cosponsor” spreadsheet and “Legislative Positions” document.

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