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Washington Report – June 5, 2020

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: June 8, 2020

In a victory for NAPO, the House passed H.R. 6509, the Public Safety Officers Pandemic Response Act, and S. 2746, the Law Enforcement Suicide Data Collection Act, on May 27.  The Public Safety Officer Pandemic Response Act would establish that COVID-19 shall be presumed to have been contracted as a result of the officer’s service for the purposes of PSOB death and disability benefits and create a specific standard for COVID-19-related disability. Finally, it would cover under the PSOB Program those public safety officers whose 9/11 related illness are compounded by a COVID-19 diagnosis and led to their death or disability; Over the coming weeks, the House and Senate will be considering police reform policies and legislation in response to the killing of George Floyd. The House Judiciary Committee will be holding a hearing on “police reform” on June 10 in which law enforcement, at this moment, will be represented by the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and the Major City Chiefs Association. NAPO has reached out to both Chairman Jerrold Nadler’s (D-NY) staff and Ranking Member Jim Jordan’s (R-OH) staff to ensure they have heard NAPO’s voice on what policies are being proposed. The leading proposals include banning vascular neck restraints, data collection on use of force, severely curbing law enforcement’s access to surplus military equipment, and eliminating qualified immunity for officers. NAPO has submitted our concerns on these proposals and indicated that we want to work with law makers on meaningful changes to policing policies and practices; NAPO pledged its support for the SMART Act, H.R. 6954 / S. 3752, a bipartisan bill that would provide state, county, and municipal governments with $500 billion in targeted financial aid; and The Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Servies (COPS) and MovementForward, Inc.’s One Congregation One Precinct (OneCOP) initiative are co-convening the first annual National Faith and Blue Weekend, to be co-hosted by NAPO, the FOP, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Sheriffs’ Association and other national police associations. For more information on these and other legislative initiatives, please click on the link below.

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