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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

3 Southern CA Sheriffs Slam Legislature for Hindering Public Safety

“What we are missing is political will,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said. “We have the answers.”

CA Bill Would Allow Non-Citizens to Serve as Officers

SB 960, proposed by Republican Sen. Nancy Skinner, would remove the provision that an individual must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States in order to become a police officer.

Minnesota Lawmaker: Expedite Police Trainees with "Strong Moral Character"

Proposed legislation would provide free tuition, bonuses, and other incentives to attract high school and college graduates to the law enforcement profession.

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Ohio Bill Would Give Police Training on Contact with Alzheimer's Patients

Law enforcement can become involved with individuals with subjects suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia in a variety of circumstances, and further training can help mitigate potential problems.

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