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FLEOA supports H.R 1850 and the FPS Mission

 

May 28, 2015


The Honorable Bill Shuster
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Shuster:

The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) is the largest nonpartisan, nonprofit law enforcement association representing over 26,000 federal law enforcement officers from the 65 federal agencies. Our members include Police Officers and Special Agents from the Federal Protective Service (FPS), an agency that serves as the first line of defense for more than 9,500 federal facilities and responds to more than 534,000 calls for service annually.

FLEOA strongly urges the passing of H.R. 1850, the FPS Improvement Act of 2015
, to provide FPS with the authority and tools it needs to continue its mission as a modern, prepared law enforcement agency. With growing animosity and aggression against the federal government, criminals often focus on government buildings and facilities with the intent to harm or kill the people inside. Over the past decade, the increasing level of violence against federal employees and facilities is disturbing, to say the least.

The Federal Protective Service responded to these increased threats over the past decade by expanding their services, modernizing their capabilities, and ensuring their personnel have all the marks of modern, prepared law enforcement agency. The women and men of the FPS are fully-trained and certified federal law enforcement officers. Their duties on any given day include responding to life-threatening emergencies, arresting dangerous individuals, conducting criminal investigations, and operating special response detachments units such as K-9 explosive detection units and securing special events.

The FPS rose to the challenge to protect the federal personnel and assets in an increasingly dangerous world, it is now time for Congress to do the same for them. H.R. 1850 will ensure that FPS and its officers receive the proper authorities, protections, personnel, and stakeholder review they need to continue their fight to keep federal employees and assets safe. We request that you pass this important Act immediately.

Sincerely,

Jon Adler
FLEOA National President