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Washington Report – July 16, 2021

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: July 19, 2021


Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) continues to stand strong against elimination of qualified immunity for officers as part of any police reform agreement. Negotiators seemed to have agreed to some form of municipal liability instead but are meeting strong resistance from management organizations that have concerns with cities and departments being held liable for officers’ actions without strict parameters on that liability. NAPO continues to be involved in the process and is working to ensure no provision of Senator Cory Booker’s (D-NJ) June 9 draft proposal is included in the final compromise; The House Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee approved the Fiscal Year 2022 CJS spending bill, which funds the Department of Justice, on July 12. While the spending measure includes significant funding for NAPO’s priority grant programs, it attempts to pass provisions of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (H.R. 1280) as part of the bill. It also includes seriously concerning preconditions and requirements for state and local agencies to receive grant funding. NAPO sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) outlining our concerns with the FY 22 CJS Appropriations bill and its George Floyd Justice in Policing Act provisions and attaching strings to these programs, particularly the Byrne JAG and COPS Programs. NAPO is urging House leadership to leave police reform policies to those currently negotiating reform legislation; The Senate passed the Protecting America’s First Responders Act (S. 1511 / H.R. 2936) and the Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila Federal Law Enforcement Protection Act (S. 921) well over a month ago and NAPO is exerting every effort to ensure these two important bills do not get stalled in the House; Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) reintroduced NAPO-supported legislation, the Stop the Importation and Manufacturing of Synthetic Analogues (SIMSA) Act, which would combat the manufacturing and importation of fentanyl from countries such as China and Mexico; Lindenwood University is offering NAPO members educational discounts of $80 per credit hour ($240.00 per 3 credit hour class) for their online Undergraduate and Graduate degrees and the opportunity to transfer up to 27 credits from an accredited Police Training Academy. The University will also review additional college transfer credits; The City of Hurst Police Department is seeking Police Officers. Applicants must pre-register for the Police Officer Entrance Examination and apply for the Police Officer position online at: www.hursttx.gov/openpositions

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