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Washington Report – May 7, 2021

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: May 10, 2021

NAPO released a position statement on the proposed legislative police reform policies on May 6, distributing it widely to members of Congress and the Senate; National Police Week Priorities include police reform; increased penalties for the murder, attempted murder, or assault of a federal, state or local law enforcement officer through the Back the Blue Act and the Protect and Serve Act; Protecting America’s First Responders Act, which would make it easier for public safety officers disabled in the line of duty to qualify for the Public Safety Officer’s Benefits (PSOB) Program’s disability benefits; The LEOSA Reform Act would ensure the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) is more fairly and broadly implemented; The First Responders Tax Relief package consists of the Supporting America’s First Responders Act, the Putting First Responders First Act, and the Public Safety Retirees Healthcare Protection Act; and the COPS Counseling Act, which would implement confidentiality standards for federal law enforcement peer support counseling programs; NAPO has police reform concerns with ensuring there is no outright ban on no knock warrants, that law enforcement’s unfettered access to defensive protective equipment through the 1033 program must be preserved, and that chokeholds must be allowed when use of deadly force is justified; Register for NAPO’s Tax Efficient Retirement Income Webinar on May 18; The DOJ announces grants for Law Enforcement Peer Mentoring & Wellness and Bulletproof Vests; Congressman Don Bacon (R-NE) introduced H.R. 2960, the Law Enforcement Officers Safety (LEOSA) COVID Extension Act of 2021. This legislation provides for a simple one-year extension of the qualification requirement in LEOSA to help qualified retired law enforcement officers meet the qualification standards in firearms training due to COVID;  and the Securing a Strong Retirement Act (H.R. 2954) was reintroduced to help Americans successfully save for a secure retirement and includes a provision keeping First Responder Disability compensation tax free.

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