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Washington Report – May 20, 2022

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: May 20, 2022

In another National Police Week victory for NAPO and the law enforcement community, the House passed the bipartisan TBI and PTSD Law Enforcement Training Act (H.R. 2992) by an overwhelming vote of 400-21. This important bill would provide for much-needed additional training opportunities for law enforcement to improve officer response to persons affected by traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); In a significant victory for NAPO and public safety officers across the country, the House passed the Public Safety Officer Support Act (H.R. 6943) by a significant bipartisan vote of 402-17. This legislation would make post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) a line of duty injury under the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB); On May 19, the Senate Judiciary Committee marked up and unanimously approved a slate of bills supported by NAPO and the law enforcement community. The bipartisan approval of S. 4007, Fighting Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Act of 2022; S. 4003, Law Enforcement De-Escalation Training Act of 2022; S. 3860, Invest to Protect Act of 2022; and S. 2151, Strong Communities Act is a strong win for NAPO; In another win for NAPO and the criminal justice community, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration (JMHCP) Reauthorization Act (S. 3846) on May 12. The JMCHP Reauthorization Act is a bipartisan bill that supports crisis intervention teams and training programs for law enforcement and corrections personnel to identify and respond to incidents involving individuals with mental health conditions; and the Senate chose to join us in supporting and recognizing our nation’s law enforcement officers and unanimously adopted a resolution marking National Police Week on May 18. The resolution honors the 576 law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty in 2021, including the nearly 400 who died from COVID-19, as well as the 92 lost to date in 2022.

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