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FLEOA Supports Its Uniformed Officers & H.R. 2254

August 14, 2015

 

 

The Honorable Jason Chaffetz                                                      The Honorable Elijah Cummings
Chairman, Committee on Oversight                                              Ranking Member, Committee on
& Government Reform                                                                  Oversight & Government Reform
U.S. House of Representatives                                                      U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515                                                                 Washington, DC 20515

 

Dear Mr. Chairman & Representative Cummings:

 I am writing on behalf of the 26,000 members of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association to advise you of our support for H.R. 2254, the "Law Enforcement Officers Equity Act,” and to requesttheCommittee’s consideration of the bill at the earliest possible opportunity.

 The current statutory definition of "law enforcement officer” is one that no longer meets the realities of our post-9/11 security needs.Particularly when all federal lawenforcement positions undergo similar training, have the authority to apprehend and arrest individuals for violations of federal law, and must be capable of meeting the strenuous physical requirements of the job.

 We therefore strongly support H.R. 2254, which would amend the definition of law enforcement officer to encompass all law enforcement employees whose duties include the investigation or apprehension of individuals suspected or convicted of offenses against the U.S., including uniformed officers from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service andtheDepartment of Veterans AffairsPolice Department. In so doing, H.R. 2254 will help bring equity to the payand benefits for all federallawenforcement officersand ensure that the federal government has the tools necessary to continue to recruitand retain the bestlawenforcement officers available.

 Thank you in advance for your consideration of this request.Please do not hesitate to contact me if we can provide you with any additional information or assistance.

 Respectfully yours,

 

Jon Adler,

National President