National President Patrick Yoes sent an email to all FOP State Lodge presidents, informing them that the National FOP has been working with the U.S. Departments of Justice and Labor to get presumptions in place for death benefits filed with the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) program and with the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs. National President Yoes asked that all State Lodges forward any information regarding states that have enacted such presumptions by executive order, legislative action or other regulatory means to Michelle Mason (firstname.lastname@example.org). The National FOP Legislative Office will be collecting information on states where such action is “in the works” and establishing a database. The office will work with all of our State Lodge presidents to keep it as up-to-date as possible.
COVID-19 Activity Updates
National President Patrick Yoes penned an open letter to our nation’s governors, urging them to establish a presumption that law enforcement officers who contract COVID-19 did so in the line of duty. To view the letter, please click here.
Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with various administration officials regarding numerous elements of the Phase 3 stimulus package.
Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Andrew Kilberg, Counselor to U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia, regarding continued conversation on coronavirus-related workers’ compensation issues.
National President Patrick Yoes and Executive Director Jim Pasco joined other state and local law enforcement leaders on a conference call, hosted by top officials with the Office for State and Local Law Enforcement in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and included officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and White House staff, to discuss officer safety issues posed by the coronavirus pandemic. National President Yoes forcefully made a case for the immediate distribution of vital personal protective equipment (PPE) to law enforcement officers on the front lines of the pandemic response. He also insisted that law enforcement officers who contract the virus be presumed to have done so in the line of duty assuring that they would be eligible for any benefits administered by the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP).
National President Patrick Yoes released a statement to assure FOP members that the FOP is doing everything it can to address an issue raised by retired law enforcement officers under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA). To view National President Yoes’ statement, please click here.
The National Fraternal Order of Police hosted a conference call, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office for State and Local Law Enforcement, for local and state lodge presidents, the National Executive Board and other key leaders to provide an update regarding current activities related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Speakers included National President Patrick Yoes; John Hill, Assistant Secretary, Office of Partnership and Engagement, DHS; Brian Dorow, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office for State and Local Law Enforcement, DHS; Keith Ferrell, President of Capital City Lodge #9, Columbus, Ohio; and John McNesby, President of Philadelphia Lodge #5.
National President Patrick Yoes delivered a message regarding COVID-19. The video can be viewed on the FOP’s social media pages or by clicking here.
Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Jack A. Rauch, Deputy Associate Director with the White House Office of Public Liaison, regarding the administration’s activities to combat the coronavirus.
Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson participated in a conference call hosted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office for State and Local Law Enforcement (OSLLE), in conjunction with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), to provide an update regarding current activities related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the impact it is having on law enforcement. Speakers on the call included Steven R. Casstevens, IACP President; John H. Hill, Assistant Secretary of the Office of Partnership and Engagement (OPE) within DHS; and Jack A. Rauch, Deputy Associate Director with the White House Office of Public Liaison.
The National Legislative Office provided FOP members with information regarding the measures undertaken by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) with respect to keeping officers, correctional staff and incarcerated offenders healthy and safe. We urge our members who work in corrections at the local and state level to also review the guidance in addition to following your own agency’s plan. To view BOP information, please click here.