FLEOA Applauds Danger Pay Legislation for USMS

FLEOA Applauds Introduction of Danger Pay Legislation for U.S. Marshals Service


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                      May 5, 2020 

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Larry Cosme, National President of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), issued the following press release announcing FLEOA’s support for the Senate introduction of the Danger Pay for U.S. Marshals Act which would permit the US Marshals Service to pay deputies deployed in dangerous areas around the world with danger pay:

"We are consistently proud of the work performed by the U.S. Marshals Service every day to keep the American people safe. Yet these federal law enforcement officers fail to receive adequate pay for their work in some of the world’s most dangerous areas. FLEOA would like to thank Senator Tom Cotton and Senator Joe Manchin for seeing this inequity in federal law and agreeing with their colleagues in the House of Representatives on a fix. The Danger Pay for U.S. Marshals Act, now introduced in both the House and the Senate, will give Marshals the compensation they deserve to execute their mission,” said FLEOA President Cosme.  

"The dangerous work of apprehending fugitives from justice has taken Deputy U.S. Marshals around the world. Additionally, due to their expertise, the Marshals Service has been called on to help build and support judicial systems around the world," said Cosme. "For example, this mission led U.S. Marshals Iraq to support their judicial system during the trial of Saddam Hussein. Similarly, U.S. Marshals has traveled to Afghanistan to assist the country in holding trails against other notable terrorists.” 

"Despite treacherous missions to some of our world’s most volatile regions, U.S. Marshals are the only federal law enforcement entity within the Department of Justice whose deputies are not entitled to receive danger pay. With the swift passage of this legislation into law, we hope to remedy this discrepancy so that the U.S. Marshals Service can pay their people the money they have earned. It is no question U.S. Marshals perform dangerous work, the only question is how long they must wait to be compensated for those risks. We applaud the House and Senate lawmakers leading this legislative effort for their recognition of the value of U.S. Marshals,” Cosme concluded. 

FLEOA is the nation’s largest non-partisan, not-for-profit professional association representing more than 28,000 federal law enforcement officers and agents across 65 federal agencies.