National President Patrick Yoes, Executive Director Jim Pasco and Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson participated in the Public Safety Stakeholders meeting with Hope Janke, Director of the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) program, to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the program. The FOP strongly urged that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) should issue an order to find that contraction of the virus by a law enforcement or other public safety officer should be presumed to be in the line of duty for the purposes of death benefit claims.
FOP Legislative News
National President Patrick Yoes and Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson participated in a law enforcement stakeholders call with officials from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) in the Department of Justice (DOJ). The call was hosted by Katharine Sullivan, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for OJP; Michael Costigan, Acting Director of BJA; and Tracey Trautman, Deputy Director for the Programs Office in BJA.
Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson participated in a conference call hosted by the International Association of Fire Chiefs for public safety stakeholders to discuss the need to block the auction of the “T-Band spectrum,” which is currently in use by 11 major metropolitan areas.
Legislative Liaison Mark McDonald participated in a conference call, hosted by FEMA’s Office of Business, Industry, Infrastructure and Integration (OB3I), and included various business and infrastructure industry stakeholders, regarding an overview of the current situation, a discussion on supply chain issues and updates from available regions or sectors.
Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson represented the FOP on a conference call with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Interim Guidance on Management of COVID-19 in Correctional and Detention Facilities.
The National Legislative Office provided FOP members with updated information, released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), regarding guidance specific to correctional facilities and detention centers during the COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure the continuation of essential public services and protection of the health and safety of incarcerated and detained persons, staff and visitors. To view the updated guidance, please click here.
The National Legislative Office provided FOP members with information, released by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), regarding DISCUS’ new nationwide database of distillers who have halted their operations and have begun producing hand sanitizer for their communities. We encourage any local agency in need of hand sanitizer to check this out and contact a distiller near you. To view DISCUS’ nationwide database, please click here.
The National Legislative Office thanked Representatives Valdez Demings (FL-10) and John Rutherford (FL-04) for sending a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, requesting that the sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE) for our nation’s law enforcement officers be included in future legislation that addresses the COVID-19 pandemic. To read their letter, please click here.
The National Legislative Office shared an ABC News article with FOP members on social media, alerting them that, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), members of extremist groups are encouraging one another to spread the virus, if contracted, through bodily fluids and personal interactions to law enforcement officers. To view the article, please click here.
The National Legislative Office shared with FOP members on social media a Washington Examiner article highlighting the trend of local governments deciding to release inmates back onto the streets because of COVID-19 fears. The article cited Executive Director Jim Pasco, who said, “If you put convicted, but not yet rehabilitated criminals out on the streets where large swaths of the business world are shut down, you can expect an increase in property crimes from looting to robbery. You run the risk of exacerbating the problem.” To view the article, please click here.
National President Patrick Yoes sent the following letters to members of the House and Senate requesting them to consider including the Social Security Fairness Act into the so-called “Phase 3,” a bill being developed in the Senate in response to COVID-19. Click here to view the House letter. Click here to view the Senate letter.
The National Legislative Office provided FOP members with information, released by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), regarding “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” during COVID-19. To view the information, please click here.