Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, welcomed news that the United States Senate passed S. 1356, the “National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016” in a overwhelming 91-3 vote. This legislation, which passed the House last week, replaces the earlier bill that was vetoed by the President.
“The inclusion of the arrest authority provision in the NDAA has been a priority for the FOP for several years,” Canterbury said. “Our hard work has finally paid off as the President is expected to sign the new bill.”
The legislation contains language, crafted in part by the FOP with input from the Federal Officers’ Committee, which will grant the U.S. Secretary of Defense the same general powers and authorities that were provided to the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security in order to clearly establish the powers of civilian law enforcement officers employed by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). It also empowers the Secretary of Defense to establish regulations that are enforceable by criminal penalties for property under the Department’s jurisdiction, custody, or control of the DoD.
“The civilian law enforcement officers employed by the DoD are fully trained and sworn and they should have the authorities that go with that training,” Canterbury said.