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Washington Report – March 11, 2022

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: March 11, 2022

The 2022 TOP COPS Awards® Winners were announced in this edition of the Washington Report; Congress passed the massive Fiscal Year 2022 consolidated appropriations package on March 10. NAPO’s priority grant programs were sufficiently funded and the requirements the House tried to place on those programs to force its police reform policies on state and local law enforcement were largely rejected in the final bill. The most concerning to NAPO is a provision that directs the Attorney General to establish a Task Force on Law Enforcement Oversight to “coordinate the process of the detection and referral of complaints regarding incidents of alleged law enforcement misconduct.” Congress funded the COPS Program at $512 million, of which, $246 million went to the COPS Hiring Program, $11 million for active shooter training, $50 million for anti-meth and heroin task forces, and $53 million for grants under the STOP School Violence Act. Appropriators also provided $8 million for the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Grant Program and the Supporting and Treating Officers in Crisis (STOIC) Program, which provide funding and resources for training, peer mentoring and mental health program activities. Further, $40 million was allocated for community policing development, including co-responder crisis teams, de-escalation and duty to intervene training, accreditation support, and diversity and anti-bias training. The Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act (MIOTCRA) is funded at $40 million, ensuring adequate funding for crisis intervention teams and other mental health training for law enforcement; The FY 22 omnibus appropriations package also included several policy riders such as the Closing the Law Enforcement Consent Loophole Act, which makes it a criminal offense for a federal law enforcement officer to engage in a sexual act with anyone in his or her custody or while exercising their authority under color of law, regardless of consent. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization Act reauthorizes the VAWA federal grant programs through 2027 and enhances tools to prevent domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking while improving access to essential support services such as healthcare and safe housing for all victims; NAPO filed a new amicus curiae brief on March 7, 2022, in the case of Vega v. Tekoh in the U.S. Supreme Court. The issue in this case is whether individual officers can be held personally liable in a federal civil rights action for Miranda warning violations; and NAPO once again endorsed the SHIELD Act (H.R. 6998 / S. 3777), which would narrowly establish federal criminal liability for individuals who share private, explicit images without consent.

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