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FLEOA Opposes New Regulations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                      
October 2, 2015   
 
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FLEOA OPPOSES NEW REGULATIONS ON STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT

Federal over-reach prohibits local law enforcement from effectively serving their communities

 

(Washington, DC) – Yesterday, the Law Enforcement Working Group, which governs federally-acquired equipment for state and local law enforcement use, issued new recommendations regarding the usage of this equipment. Also known as the 1033 Program, this proposal sets new restrictions on the usage of certain gear and equipment.

 

"This program is intended to empower state and local law enforcement to ensure readiness and response to deadly incidents, and serve their communities as they see fit,” said Jon Adler, President of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA). "This over-prescribed regulation by federal bureaucrats is unnecessary and creates a de facto federalization of state and local law enforcement operations by telling them how and when to use this equipment in their own localities. It is an insult to the intelligence of every law enforcement department and agency in the country.”

 

"Given the tragic incident yesterday at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, and the need for local departments to have access to this equipment when these senseless acts occur, it is imperative that the federal government allow local law enforcement to determine what is the best way for them to protect the communities they serve daily,” Adler continued.

 

FLEOA is a national association that represents the interests of law enforcement officers throughout the federal government. Its partners, who represent state, county and local law enforcement, include the National Sheriffs Association, the Fraternal Order of Police, and the National Association of Police Organizations.