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FLEOA-Bill To Prevent Disarming Federal Officers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:
May 1, 2015
Jason Briefel
202-293-1550

FLEOA SUPPORTS BILL TO PREVENT DISARMING OF FEDERAL OFFICERS

Washington, DC – Today, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) announced its full support for the "Federal Law Enforcement Self-Defense & Protection Act." This critically important Officer safety legislation was introduced in the Senate (S. 1162) by Senator Patrick Toomey (R-PA), and in the House (H.R. 2137) by Representatives Doug Collins (R-GA), Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), and House Law Enforcement Caucus co-chairs Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ). It would effectively prevent the unjustified disarming of federal law enforcement officers during a government shutdown.

 

According to FLEOA, this bill would correct an unfortunate occurrence that jeopardized the safety of federal law enforcement officers after the government shut down in October 2013. After the shutdown began on October 1, HUD-OIG ordered its Special Agents - sworn Officers with 24/7 firearm carry authority - to lock up their weapons and credentials. This unjustifiable directive resulted in at least one Special Agent being unarmed while encountering a belligerent suspect the agent previously arrested. This bill recognizes that federal officers could be confronted by job-related threats on or off-duty, and it would ensure that all sworn federal officers have the proper means to defend themselves during a shutdown period.

 

"It's unacceptable for any agency director to compromise the safety of their law enforcement officers over some misguided notion of liability," stated FLEOA President Jon Adler. "The safety of all law enforcement officers should always be a top priority, and not a disposable item due to a government shutdown," added Adler.

 
 When the October 2013 shutdown occurred, only three out of 70 federal agencies thought it was prudent to expose their law enforcement officers to harm by taking their pistols and credentials away.
 
 
FLEOA praised Senator Toomey, and Representatives Collins, Gabbard, Reichert and, Pascrell for their steadfast support for law enforcement and all Officers’ safety. FLEOA is working to ensure Congress demonstrates its commitment to Officer safety by passing this bill during the upcoming National Police Week.