Outgoing Administration New Executive Order

Fellow FLEOA Members,

On January 18th, 2021 we were happy to see that the outgoing Administration acted on an issues that FLEOA had been pressing them and Congress to address due to the importance to the law enforcement community, that being the personal safety of law enforcement officers, prosecutors, judges, and their families. 

An Executive Order (E.O.) titled, Protecting Law Enforcement Officers, Judges, Prosecutors, And Their Families was issued and provided some overdue tools and protocols to federal law enforcement officers, federal prosecutors, federal judges and their families to help them enhance their safety amidst this dangerous threat environment. 

The impetus of this stemmed form the violent attack and death of the son of U.S. District Judge Esther Salas in New Jersey by a criminal that obtained their home address from the internet and decided to attack the federal judge and her family at home.  Their heinous crime was just the latest in a series of threats law enforcement officers around the nation have faced from the unfettered proliferation of personally identifiable information (PII) on the internet.  That PII has been used to identify, track, doxx and attack law enforcement officers, prosecutors and judges at work and home as it was used last summer during the riots by radical domestic violent extremist (RDVE) groups that obtained federal law enforcement officers’ information in Oregon and used it to track, doxx and threaten those officers and their families. 

Agreeing that this threat was real, the Administration issued this E.O. which provides in part:

- Removing Obstacles to Federal Law Enforcement Officers Qualifying For Concealed Carry Under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004 and ordering all federal law enforcement agencies to ensure LEOSA is being fully complied with.

- Authorizing Concealed Carry By Federal Prosecutors. Within 30 days of the date of this order, the Attorney General shall propose a regulation revising section 0.112 of title 28, Code of Federal Regulations, to provide that the special deputation as a Deputy United States Marshal shall be granted upon request to any Federal prosecutor when the Federal prosecutor or his or her family members face risk of harm as a result of the Federal prosecutor’s government service and as appropriate.

- Expanding the Federal Government’s Protection of Judges, Prosecutors, and Law Enforcement Officers. Specifically, the order requires the Attorney General to direct the Director of the Marshals Service to prioritize the protection of Federal judges and Federal prosecutors.

-Minimize the use of home address by federal law enforcement officers and allow the use of a P.O. Box in lieu of a home address.

-Proposing legislation to both enhance the protection of Judges and increase the breadth and scope of LEOSA. Directing the federal government to work to prevent State and local governments from obstructing the ability of qualified law enforcement officers and qualified retired law enforcement officers, as those terms are defined by the LEOSA, from carrying a concealed firearm pursuant to the LEOSA, including by refusing to issue identification documents. 

While this E.O. only directs specific actions for the federal government to take, it is a major policy statement and lays the groundwork for the federal government, including Congress, to make a stronger effort towards ensuring federal law enforcement officers, prosecutors, judges and their families have the means necessary to stay safe.


Larry Cosme