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Washington Watch: Legislative Update

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Washington Watch: Legislative Update
For the Week of 16 January 2017

I.       Legislative News and Activity
II.     This Week in Congress
III.    LEADING LAW ENFORCEMENT ORGANIZATIONS RELEASE     NATIONAL     CONSENSUS POLICY ON — USE OF FORCE

IV.    DAY ON THE HILL 2017: 13-15 February
V.     Follow the FOP National Legislative Office on Twitter!

I.      LEGISLATIVE NEWS AND ACTIVITY

Executive Director Jim Pasco had multiple conversations with the transition team, White House, Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) staff on continuity of government planning.

Executive Director Pasco spoke with other non government organizations on legislative strategies.

Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaison Mike Martin met with staff in the office’s of Senator Michael D. Crapo (R-ID) and Representative Thomas A. Marino (R-PA) to discuss the  FOP’s  hate crimes proposal.

Senior Legislative Liaison Richardson and Legislative Liaison Martin met with staff in the offices of  Representative Peter T. King (R-NY) and Senator Cory A. Booker (D-NJ) to discuss the reintroduction of  the FOP’s Top Priority, the “Law Enforcement Officers Equity Act,” and other law enforcement issues.

Senior Legislative Liaison Richardson and Legislative Liaison Martin met with staff in the office of  Representative Clay Higgins (R-LA) to discuss various law enforcement issues.

 

II.     THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS

The House was in recess and Senate was in session this week.

 Action in the Senate

The Senate considered and passed H.R. 72, the “Government Accountability Office (GAO) Access and Oversight Act of 2017,” on a 99-0 vote.  The bill now goes to the President for his signature.

The Senate considered and passed S. 84, “A bill to provide for an exception to a limitation against appointment of persons as Secretary of Defense within seven years of relief from active duty as a regular commissioned officer of the Armed Forces,” on a 81-17 vote. The bill now goes to the President for his signature.

 

III.     LEADING LAW ENFORCEMENT ORGANIZATIONS RELEASE NATIONAL CONSENSUS POLICY ON — USE OF FORCE

 

As leading law enforcement leadership and labor organizations, we have long been dedicated to advancing the profession of law enforcement and the practice of policing.

As part of our shared commitment to advancing the law enforcement profession, while upholding our commitment and duty to serve the public and preserve all human life, we convened as a group to examine the issue of use of force by law enforcement officers. We discussed current trends on the topic, and worked to develop areas of consensus to provide a sample policy to law enforcement agencies as they seek to enhance existing guidelines for the use of de-escalation techniques, less-lethal force, and deadly force.

The extensive work of the participating organizations began in April 2016, and resulted in a National Consensus Policy on Use of Force. The National Consensus Policy on Use of Force is a collaborative effort among 11 leading law enforcement leadership and labor organizations in the United States. The organizations include:

• Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies

• Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies

• Fraternal Order of Police

• Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association

• International Association of Chiefs of Police

• Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association

• International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training

• National Association of Police Organizations

• National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives

• National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives

• National Tactical Officers Association

This consensus policy takes into account and reflects the broad views and experience of the field – ranging from a line officer to an executive. The policy adopted by these organizations reflects the best thinking of all consensus organizations and is solely intended to serve as a template for law enforcement agencies to compare and enhance their existing policies.

While the work of the consensus organizations continues, the participating groups felt the urgency to release this policy as soon as possible, as many law enforcement agencies are currently reviewing or developing their own use-of-force policies. The 11 groups will continue to provide further guidance to the field by releasing a consensus policy discussion paper in the near future. The consensus policy discussion paper will provide additional information regarding the elements found in the consensus policy, as well as the rationale for the policy directives related to de-escalation and the use of less-lethal and deadly force.

Our organizations look forward to continuing to work together, so we can further support the profession and those who serve, as well as maintain the utmost respect for the sanctity of all lives.


IV.     DAY ON THE HILL 2017!
This year’s Day on the Hill is of particular importance as the 115th Congress is sworn in and a new Administration takes over the operation of the Federal government.  It is imperative that we make our voices heard and work hard to ensure that our issues are considered in the Congress and throughout the Executive branch. Please make an effort to attend if you can–we need you!!!

The FOP Day on the Hill 2017 will begin on Monday, 13 February. The National Legislative Office and the National Legislative Committee will host a short briefing on our legislative agenda. The briefing will take place at 3pm on that Monday afternoon at D.C. Lodge #1 and last approximately one hour.

Tuesday and Wednesday, 14-15 February, will be devoted to your meetings with Members from your home States and districts. These appointments should be made in advance!!! Event participants should make every effort to have their Representative or Senator attend the meeting along with the appropriate staff person.

Accommodations for Day on the Hill Participants
The National Legislative Office has arranged for a block of rooms at the  Residence Inn  Marriott at 1199 Vermont Avenue, NW, Washington, DC  20005.  The hotel is located just a few blocks from the Metro, making it easy for you to move around the city.

The rate is $190 per night, and you must identify yourself as part of the Fraternal Order of Police National Legislative Event to get this special rate.

The cut-off date for reservations is TODAY, 20 January 2017, so don’t delay–make that reservation today!!!

V.      Follow the FOP National Legislative Office on Twitter!
Sign up today for the latest news from Capitol Hill:  https://twitter.com/FOPLegislative

 

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