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Washington Report – May 6, 2022

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: May 6, 2022

The House and Senate Judiciary Committees have indicated they will hold markups on two or more of NAPO’s bipartisan bills, with the Public Safety Officer Support Act and the TBI/PTSD Law Enforcement Training Act leading the way by the week. The markups are expected by the week of May 16. The Public Safety Officer Support Act recognizes post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a line of duty injury for purposes of the PSOB Program and ensures officers who suffer from PTSD and those who take or attempt to take their own life as a result of that diagnosis will be covered under the program. The TBI/PTSD Law Enforcement Training Act would make training and guidance available for departments to use to support improved responses and outcomes to interactions between officers and persons affected by TBI and PTSD; The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to markup the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Reauthorization Act (S. 3846) during National Police Week. This is a top priority for NAPO, as it 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; NAPO pledged its support for the Fighting Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Act, S. 4007, a bipartisan bill which recognizes the prevalence of PTSD within the public safety profession and the need to address PTSD and acute stress disorder among officers so they get the treatment and help they need. This legislation is an important first step to giving all officers access to confidential, state-of-the-art treatments for PTSD and acute stress disorder; NAPO endorsed the Strong Communities Act (S. 2151), which would allow for COPS Hiring Program funds to be used for local law enforcement recruits to attend schools or academies if the recruits agree to serve in law enforcement agencies in the communities in which they live; The May 20 deadline to apply for the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) FY 2022 Body-worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program to Support Law Enforcement Agencies grant program is quickly approaching.

For more details on these 2022 Police Week initiatives and other legislative updates, please click on the May 6, 2022 Washington Report below.

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