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NY Legislators to Vote on Lifetime Pensions for Children of Slain NYPD Officer
Under the law, the children of single-parent officers killed in the line of duty are not entitled to lifetime pensions — a benefit granted to the spouses and parents of NYPD officers.
May 30, 2023
WA Legislators Want to End English Language Requirement for Cops
The bill applies to applicants for the city police agencies, city firefighters, sheriff’s deputies, and fish and wildlife officers.
March 24, 2023
WA Legislature Modifies Police Pursuit Law to Reduce Crime
The House Community Safety, Justice, and Re-Entry Committee passed HB 1363, which would give police who have reasonable suspicion the authority to pursue someone accused of a violent crime, a sexual crime, vehicular assault, escape, DUI, and domestic violence calls.
February 17, 2023
Proposed CA Bill Would End Use of K-9s During Arrests
Assembly Bill 742’s supporters, which include the NAACP and ACLU, say the use of police K-9s has been a mainstay in America’s history of racial bias and violence against Black Americans and people of color.
February 14, 2023
Agencies "Brace" for Annual Spate of Training to Enforce Newly Passed Laws
Ever-evolving laws governing both police and citizen behavior isn't news for which law enforcement agencies and/or officers must "brace" themselves, but it's also news that cannot be ignored.
December 30, 2022
Congress Passes De-Escalation Training Bill
The bill that passed the House on Wednesday will amend a 1968 federal crime law to authorize $70 million in annual grant funding for law enforcement training on alternatives to the use of force that include scenario-based exercises for officers.
December 15, 2022
Point of Law
Editorial: Redefining “Safety”
The SAFE-T Act, set to take effect in Illinois on New Year’s Day, will strain police budgets and endanger officers and the public.
October 14, 2022
Senate Passes 6 Police-Related Bills Supported by FOP
“The most impactful legislation for law enforcement officers and their families is H.R. 6943, the ‘Public Safety Officer Support Act,’ which recognizes that most public safety officer suicides are service-connected and may be considered a line of duty death for the purposes of the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) program,” National FOP President Patrick Yoes said.
August 2, 2022
Procedures & Policies
NJ Officers Must Now be Licensed by State
The new law will require all law enforcement officers to hold a valid, active license issued by the Police Training Commission (PTC) in order to be employed as officers in the State of New Jersey.
July 22, 2022
AZ Bill Could Prohibit Filming Officers from Less than 8 Feet
House Bill 2319 was initially introduced by State Representative John Kavanagh, a former police officer. He says the bill would protect police officers and those recording.
June 28, 2022
Senators Propose Allowing Tax Exclusions for Retired Cops, First Responders for Healthcare
“Currently, it is extremely difficult for retired first responders to utilize an existing benefit that helps cover certain health care expenses, which is why I introduced this legislation that would ensure these retirees can make tax-free withdrawals from their pension and direct those amounts to qualifying insurance premiums.”
May 27, 2022
Sen. Rubio Introduces Bill to Offer Zero Down Mortgages to Police
The HELPER Act would create a new home loan assistance program for police officers, firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, and pre-K-12 teachers who have served for at least four years in their respective roles.
May 23, 2022
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