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H.R.2254 - Law Enforcement Officers Equity Act

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I am writing in support of House of Representatives (H.R.) bill 2254, Law Enforcement Officers Equity Act. This bill was sponsored by Congressman Peter Pete King [R-NY2] and referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on May 12, 2015. This bill would amend the definition of a law enforcement officer under subchapter III of chapter 83 and chapter 84 of title 5, United States Code and give those who meet the law enforcement officer definition the ability to retire after twenty (20) years of service at the age of fifty (50), or twenty-five (25) years of service at any age.

Police officers who work for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing Police, Department of Homeland Security Federal Protective Service, Government Printing Office Police, Mint Police, National Institutes of Health Police, Veterans Affairs Police and civilian police officers who work for the US Army, US Air Force, US Navy and US Marine Corps do not meet the definition of law enforcement officer (LEO) and are excluded from law enforcement officer coverage for purposes of the Federal Employment Retirement System-Base Annuity IAW 5 CFR, Part 842, Subpart H.
A list of positions that do not qualify as Law Enforcement Officer Positions can be found at: http://www.opm.gov/retirement-services/special-notices/#non

US Border Patrol, US Capital Police, US Park Police, Bureau of Indian Affairs Police, TSA Federal Air Marshals, U.S. Marshals and Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, National Park Service, US Forest Service Law Enforcement Rangers meet the definition of law enforcement officer (LEO). Congress has even granted LEO status to air traffic controllers and many employees of the Bureau of the Prisons whose primary duties are non-law enforcement related.
A list of positions that qualify as Law Enforcement Officer Positions can be found at: http://www.opm.gov/retirement-services/special-notices/#covered

Congress should pass this legislation and recognize that federal police officers who currently don't meet the definition of LEO are as highly trained and face the same dangers as their colleagues who currently do meet the definition of LEO.

H.R. 2254, the "Law Enforcement Officers Equity Act," should be passed into law as soon as possible.

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March 15, 2017
Sonny M. from Mount Holly, NJ signed.
March 13, 2017
Maria F. from New London, CT writes:
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I support this bill
February 12, 2017
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February 9, 2017
Edna S. from Jersey City, NJ signed.
February 8, 2017
Someone from Germantown, MD writes:
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I support this bill. Some of these agencies stood by my side in law enforcement situations, they should be afforded their fair right to our benefits!
2 months ago
Officer JJ G. from Camano Island, WA writes:
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As a 0083 Federal Police Officer, trained at FLETC Glyco,GA. with the United States DOD Police, with over 23 years of Federal, state and local experience, I strongly support the "Law Enforcement Officers Equity Act" and I urge you to support this Bill and "PASS" it.
2 months ago
Officer JJ G. from Camano Island, WA writes:
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As a 0083 Federal Police Officer, trained at FLETC Glyco,GA. with the United States DOD Police, with over 23 years of Federal, state and local experience, I strongly support the "Law Enforcement Officers Equity Act" and I urge you to support this Bill and "PASS" it.
2 months ago
Someone from Denver, CO writes:
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As a 0083 Federal Police Officer with the United States Mint Police, with over 15 years on the job, I strongly support the "Law Enforcement Officers Equity Act". I urge you to support this Bill and "PASS" it.
2 months ago
Someone from Denver, CO writes:
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As an Eighteen year veteran of the United States Mint Police, please pass H.R. 2254.
December 16, 2016
Robert (Rev) R. from Deer Park, NY writes:
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These are indeed bona fide law enforcement officers...I had served as a police officer/supervisory, first with the Metropolitan Police of the District of Columbia, than AMTRAK PD and finally as a county prosecutor's senior criminal investigator in NYC..