Law Enforcement Officers Equity Act (H.R. 1362)

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I am writing in support of House of Representatives (H.R.) bill 1362, Law Enforcement Officers Equity Act. This bill was sponsored by Congressman Peter Pete King [R-NY2] and referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on March 21, 2013. 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:

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:

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. 1362, the "Law Enforcement Officers Equity Act," should be passed into law as soon as possible.

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We as the non-qualifying LEO's, absolutely do face the same dangers as the qualifying LEO's. Furthermore, our pay is $20,000 less than that of surrounding municipal police, who also face the same dangers. We are just as qualified in our job, but make significantly less. This is unarguably the biggest factor in retention. The federal government wastes a significant amount of money by training these employees, just to have them leave and need to train more. If the pay was raised, money would not be wasted by training all of these new employees.
As a VA Police investigator I can say we regularly and routinely investigate crimes not only against the VA, but violent crimes against staff, patients, as well as others while on VA property. We are now tasked with armed executive protection when VA cabinet officials make official visits to VA sites. Furthermore we also often work side by side with VAOIG investigating minor white collar crime violations. Criminal cases are being presented in courts of all levels and officers are testifying as to the facts of the cases in these courts.

As the largest group of uniformed federal law enforcement officers in any government agency, it's about time we receive the same recognition, pay, and benefits afforded to others who do the same job.