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Recruitment and Retention Act

Today, Representative Pedro R. Pierluisi (D-PR) and Representative Michael G. Grimm (R-NY) introduced the "Federal Law Enforcement Recruitment and Retention Act of 2011." This act attempts to ensure that federal Departments and Agencies make all attempts to fill all open positions in statistically high crime areas of our nation. President Adler says, "In light of the level of violence being committed against law enforcement, Agencies should prioritize the filling of these open positions so that federal officers are on the field with a full team."

April 12, 2011

Honorable Pedro R. Pierluisi                  Honorable Michael G. Grimm
U.S. House of Representatives               U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515                          Washington, DC  20515

Dear Representatives Pierlusi and Grimm:

On behalf of the 26,000 members of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), we would like to express our support for the soon to be introduced "Federal Law Enforcement Recruitment and Retention Act of 2011.”

The crime problems being experienced in some of our most dangerous areas deserve the full deployment of federal law enforcement officers.  It only makes sense that Departments and Agencies prioritize filling staffing levels in those areas experiencing the highest rates of violent crime.  We would encourage Departments and Agencies to ensure that the areas with the highest threats and crime statistics receive the highest priority for staffing and attention of that agency.  Federal law enforcement officers continue to have to do more with less, but at least they should know that when they confront these violent threats, they have the full "back up" they deserve.

Law enforcement is a stressful and dangerous career, which is only made more so by improper staffing levels.  We have some of the best and brightest law enforcement officers in the world, but without the complete "tool box"—of which staffing is a key component—their ability to complete their mission is lessened.  We hope that the Congress supports this legislation and also federal law enforcement officers by ensuring the right manpower and equipment is always available to answer the call.  FLEOA stands ready to assist you both in ensuring that support happens.

We thank you for your continued dedication to the law enforcement community.

Respectfully yours,

Jon Adler
National President