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Washington Report – Jan. 8, 2018

Posted by: Jennifer Gomori Posted date: January 15, 2018

In a victory for NAPO and officers across the country, Congress passed the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (H.R. 2228) Dec. 22, sending it to President Trump to be signed into law. The legislation would help law enforcement agencies establish or enhance mental health care services for their officers by making grants available to initiate peer mentoring pilot programs, developing resources for mental health providers based on the specific mental health challenges faced by law enforcement, and supporting law enforcement officers by studying the effectiveness of crisis hotlines and annual mental health checks. According to the National Study of Police Suicides, officers are 2.5 times more likely to die from suicides than from homicides; In another year-end victory for NAPO, Congress passed the International Narcotics Trafficking Emergency Response by Detecting Incoming Contraband with Technology (INTERDICT) Act (S. 708 / H.R. 2142) on Dec. 21, 2017. Because illicit fentanyl is so powerful — just a few salt sized grains can kill an adult — small amounts go a long way for drug traffickers. These relatively small and potent amounts mean fentanyl is difficult and hazardous to detect, making them easy to traffic across the border and a danger to those trying to stop its importation. U.S. Customs and Border Protection needs additional resources to continue and expand its ability to stop these dangerous drugs from entering the country; NAPO had a very successful year in moving legislative and policy priorities. These wins are highlighted in the year-end review; Find out how your representatives and senators voted on NAPO’s priority issues by reviewing NAPO’s Mid-Term “Legislative Scorecard” for the 115th Congress below; Pension threats will be among the issues discussed at 30th Annual Police, Fire, EMS & Municipal Employee Pension & Benefits Seminar to be held at Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jan. 28-30, 2018. Click on the link below to register. For more information on these and other legislative issues, please click on NAPO’s Jan. 8, 2018 Washington Report and related links below.

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