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Washington Report – Feb. 12, 2018

Posted by: Jennifer Gomori Posted date: February 19, 2018

President Trump released his fiscal year 2019 budget request on Feb. 12. The budget proposal includes funding requests for NAPO’s priority grant programs within the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security (DOJ, DHS). In general, the budget proposal for DOJ focuses on reducing violent crime, fighting against the opioid crisis and enforcing immigration law and proposes adequate sustained funding for several of NAPO’s priority grant programs, including the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Grant Program, the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act (MIOTCRA), and the Adam Walsh Act; In a victory for NAPO, President Trump signed the Honoring Hometown Heroes Act (H.R. 1892) into law Feb. 9. The Honoring Hometown Heroes Act will permit the Governor of a state or territory to lower the American flag to half-staff in the tragic event that a law enforcement officer, firefighter or public safety officer from that jurisdiction dies in the line of duty. Currently, a Governor can only make this tribute for the death of a present or former government official or a member of the Armed Forces who dies in combat; NAPO participated in the Public Safety Officer’s Benefits (PSOB) Program stakeholder meeting, that was chaired by the new Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Jon Adler. Before becoming director, Mr. Adler was on the other side of the table advocating for program improvements on behalf of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA). He led a frank discussion of where the PSOB Program is now and his goals for it, naming it his top priority as BJA Director; and NAPO met with the Attorney General’s chief counsel and staff of Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding our opposition to the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act. Almost every major law enforcement organization is opposed to the bill. States and localities would become the dumping ground for federal criminals due to the sentencing and correctional reforms and the bill does not contain the safeguards, support and resources that would be necessary for communities to handle the influx of parolees. For more information on these and other legislative issues, please click on the Feb. 12, 2018 Washington Report and related links below.



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