The Police Officers Support Alliance supports the election of the legislators and candidates who are committed to advancing legislation that will help our police and first responders. Legislators can demonstrate commitment by introducing, cosponsoring, speaking for, and voting in favor of bills addressing important police and first responder concerns.
To help identify appropriate legislators and candidates to support, we follow legislators’ actions on bills such as the following examples from the 115th congressional session. Most of these bills have bipartisan sponsorship.
S. 419 – “Public Safety Officers Benefits Improvements Act”
Improves the Justice Department’s processing of the Public Safety Officer’s Benefits Program by increasing timeliness and transparency in addressing survivor, disability, and educational assistance claims.
S. 1085 – “Thin Blue Line”
Would increase the penalty for offenders who kill or attempt to kill law enforcement or other public safety officers.
H.R. 2228 and S. 867– “Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act of 2017”
Provides support for law enforcement agency efforts to protect the mental health and well-being of law enforcement officers.
H.R. 949 – “Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship Act”
Eliminates the expected family contribution (FEC) for a Pell Grant-eligible student whose parent or guardian died in the line of duty as a police officer, firefighter, or other public safety officer.
S. 139 – “Rapid DNA Act of 2017”
Requires the Federal Bureau of Investigation to issue standards and procedures for using Rapid DNA instruments to analyze DNA samples of criminal offenders.
H.R. 1428 and S. 583 – “American Law Enforcement Heroes Act”
Prioritizes the hiring and training of veterans as career law enforcement officers as an allowable use of grant funds under the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program.
H.R. 1039 and S. 367 – “Probation Officer Protection Act of 2017”
Authorizes a probation officer to arrest a person without a warrant if there is probable cause to believe that person forcibly assaulted or obstructed a probation officer engaged in performance of official duties.
H.R. 613 – “Lt. Osvaldo Albarati Correctional Officer Self-Protection Act”
Requires the Bureau of Prisons to allow a correctional officer at a federal correctional institution to: (1) store firearms on the premises in a secure storage area and (2) carry a concealed firearm on premises outside the security perimeter of the institution.
H.R. 2437 and S. 1134 – “Back the Blue Act”
Strengthens laws to protect police officers, expands self-defense and second amendment rights for police officers, limits recovery of certain damages for individuals engaged in felonies, and allows grant funding to be used to promote trust and improve relations between law enforcement and the communities they serve.
H.R. 2561 – “Protecting Officers of the Law (POLICE)”
Permits uniformed law enforcement officers to carry agency-issued firearms in certain Federal facilities such as Veteran’s Administration and Social Security Agency buildings.
H.R. 2513 – “Police Officers Protecting Children”
Allows certain off-duty law enforcement officers and retired law enforcement officers to carry a concealed firearm to protect children in a school zone.
H.R. 1188 – “Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act”
Strengthens sex offender registry requirements and enforcement, extends registry requirements to Native American tribes, increases penalties for child predators, and authorizes funding for various programs to defend against child exploitation.
H.R. 909 – “Pet and Women Safety Act”
Protects victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence from violence against their pets. Addresses penalties for violations of protection orders against pets. Provides for grants for shelter and housing assistance and support services for domestic violence victims with pets.
H.R. 3067 – “Online Safety Modernization”
Outlaws internet harassment-based crimes against individuals such as swatting, “sextorting” and “doxing” people by disclosing personal information to cause harm. Provides grants for training law enforcement in how to identify and investigate cybercrimes. Gives police and the FBI better tools to fight these crimes.
S. 1312 – “Trafficking Victims Protection Act”
Extends funding for one of the main tools to combat modern slavery and human trafficking. Includes provisions to improve training for school personnel, enhance justice system response to human trafficking, and establish an Office of Victims Assistance.