Join NAPO on May 11 for our Lobby Day & Legislative Awards Luncheon on Capitol Hill, lobbying Congressional Representatives and Senators on behalf of your members concerning issues which affect law enforcement. Prior to lobbying, attend NAPO’s Legislative Breakfast for an update on NAPO's legislative priorities, results to date from the 118th Congress, and to receive handouts to use during Hill visits; NAPO Executive Director Bill Johnson participated in two law enforcement listening sessions on the President’s Executive Order on police reform. One was a discussion of best practices for conducting independent criminal investigations of deaths in custody that may involve conduct by law enforcement or prison personnel, and the other was on best practices on notifications of in-custody deaths or deaths as a result of police actions; NAPO participated in the National Officer Safety and Wellness (OSW) Group meeting on April 5-6, which focused on officer wellness and positive community engagement. The aim of the OSW Group is to better understand and respond to the range of issues associated with improving officer safety and wellness; Every year, NAPO works in conjunction with other national law enforcement organizations – both management and labor – to push a list of bills we all agree on and support to move during National Police Week. We have spent the past few weeks meeting with Democratic and Republican leadership of the House and Senate and House and Senate Judiciary Committees discussing the need for legislation to enhance officer safety by increasing penalties for the murder, attempted murder, or assault of federal, state, and local law enforcement officers, the LEOSA Reform Act, legislation aiding state and local agencies to hire and retain qualified officers, a bill to cover exposure-related cancers under the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) Program, and legislation to provide public safety officers with access to affordable homeownership; NAPO pledged continued support for the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, which was reintroduced by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). NAPO understands that cooperation among federal, state, and local law enforcement officers is essential in keeping criminal illegal immigrants off the streets; Senators Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) reintroduced one of NAPO’s priority bills, the Invest to Protect Act, which creates a broad grant program through the Department of Justice (DOJ) specifically for small state, local or tribal law enforcement agencies that will give them resources to help them train their officers, implement or expand body-worn camera programs, provide mental health resources for their officers, and retain and hire officers; NAPO once again endorsed the Strong Communities Act, which would allow for COPS Hiring Program funds to be used to pay for local law enforcement recruits to attend schools or academies if the recruits agree to serve in precincts of law enforcement agencies in the communities in which they live; NAPO is supporting the Filling Public Safety Vacancies Act, which would provide $162 million in immediate funds to the COPS Hiring Program to aid state and local law enforcement agencies with hiring or rehiring of community police officers; The DOJ Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) announced that FY 2023 Collaborative Crisis Response and Intervention Training Program is now open for applications. This grant funding opportunity seeks applications from state, local, and tribal law enforcement and correctional entities to develop and implement crisis response training programs; NAPO’s updated “Sponsor/Cosponsor” spreadsheet and the latest “Legislative Positions” document are available on NAPO’s website.
For more information on these and other legislative issues, please click here for the April 14, 2023 Washington Report.