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Washington Report – May 8, 2020

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: May 8, 2020


House Democrats continue to pull together their priorities for the next phase coronavirus stimulus package (“CARES 2”) and NAPO is actively working to ensure the needs of our members are reflected in it: 1) Increasing direct funding to local governments and law enforcement agencies to help pay or reimburse for all COVID-19 related overtime costs, additional sick and administrative leave, and hazard pay. 2) Increasing funding for the purchase of PPE for officers. 3) Repealing the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP); NAPO is working with Senate Judiciary Committee staff to move three of our priority bills for National Police Week: 1) The Safeguarding America’s First Responders Act would establish a presumption under the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) Program that an officer’s death or disability due to contracting COVID-19 is in the line of duty. 2) The Law Enforcement Suicide Data Collection Act would require the Department of Justice to establish a program to collect data on law enforcement and former law enforcement suicides at the local, state, and federal level. 3) The COPS Counseling Act would implement confidentiality standards for federal law enforcement peer support counseling programs and direct the U.S. Attorney General to report on best practices and professional standards for state and local peer support counseling programs; On May 1, the Empire State Building was lit up in blue and purple to honor Police Memorial Day and thank all of the officers of the New York City Police Department, the New York City Police Foundation and NAPO for continuing to serve the City during the pandemic.

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