NAPO’s Executive Director, Bill Johnson, joined other law enforcement groups in a meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr. on December 3, 2013. The meeting was part of an ongoing series of meetings to discuss the national law enforcement situation and the administration’s goals. NAPO and the national Fraternal Order of Police were the only rank-and-file groups in attendance. Mr. Holder gave an update on federal drug prosecutions in Colorado and Washington State, as a follow up to concerns expressed over the administration’s policy announcement on marijuana cases in the wake of those two states legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana.Read More
Minutes for the meeting on December 5.Read More
As you will see, since the Legislative Positions document was last updated in October 2013, NAPO has pledged its support for the “Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2013,” which improves state and local grant programs to promote successful prisoner reentry and improve public safety. This legislation will allow for continued targeted funding for reentry programs at the state and local level that have been proven to reduce recidivism, lead to better outcomes for those released from prison, and save prison costs.
Additionally, as noted in previous Washington Reports, NAPO has pledged its support for H.Res.190, which condemns the April 15, 2013, Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks in Boston, Massachusetts, and calls upon the United States government, the governments of all nations, the United Nations, and other international organizations to renounce the use of IEDs and take action to stop their proliferation.Read More
Over this past week, NAPO has joined fellow stakeholders in meetings with staffers for Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) to request additional support for the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Grant Program Reauthorization Act of 2013 (S.933) and the National Blue Alert Act of 2013 (S.357).
On August 1, 2013, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the BVP Grant Program Reauthorization Act of 2013 to the Senate as a whole for consideration by a vote of 14 to 3. NAPO continues to work with fellow law enforcement organizations to garner additional cosponsors to support this legislation. The BVP Grant Program is a critical resource for state and local jurisdictions that saves lives. NAPO plans to continue to engage members of Congress to ensure the passage of this vital piece of legislation, which extends the life of the BVP Grant Program through 2018.
On September 19, 2013, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the National Blue Alert Act of 2013 by a vote of 15 to 3. This bill would create a nationwide alert system to apprehend violent criminals who have injured or killed police officers. This bill reaffirms NAPO’s commitment to ensuring the safety of our law enforcement men and women and the communities they serve to protect every day.Read More
On November 7, 2013, NAPO’s Executive Director, Bill Johnson, participated in a teleconference with Attorney General Holder to discuss the Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office’s new director, Ron Davis. Johnson expressed NAPO’s support of the new COPS Director and eagerness to work with Davis.
Davis has been the Chief of Police for the City of East Palo Alto, California since 2005, and has a strong background in community-policing efforts. NAPO maintains close communications with the COPS office and looks forward to working with Davis to advance community policing efforts within state and local agencies.Read More
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Ray Hunt called the meeting to order and led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance and prayer.
The meeting was dedicated to Officer David Michael Healy who was killed in the line of duty on Saturday November 12, 1994. The dedication was read by Lieutenant Randy Upton.
Ray Hunt introduced Representative Allen Fletcher. Representative Fletcher addressed the membership and thanked everyone for their support.Read More
On October 21, 2013, NAPO met with Congressman Matt Salmon’s (R-AZ) Legislative Assistant, Mr. Jonathan Sarager, to discuss reintroducing the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act. (Congressman Salmon is a member of the House Education and Workforce Committee).Read More
Here is the complete list of HPOU PAC endorsements in the November 5, 2013 city of Houston election.Read More
The votes are in. Read on for the details.Read More
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