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

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Law Enforcement Officers Equity Act (H.R. 1362)
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: 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. 1362, the "Law Enforcement Officers Equity Act," should be passed into law as soon as possible.

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Being a Veterans Affairs Police Officer for almost 27 years this would be a great 50th birthday present.
All LE positions should be under LEO due to the abilities to enforce and cite people who break the law.
I have been a Military Policeman, DoD security, and a Veterans Adminitration Police Offiers and agree that there is an inherrent danger we all face as law enforcement personnel. What is granted for one or a select group should encompass us all.
I dont understand why or how Air Traffic controllers got LEO statice and Dept of Veterans Affairs Police Did not, explain that one if you can. PLEASE!!!!
I am writing to you on behalf of myself and the other 32 Police Officers of all ranks employed by the VA at the Montrose and Castle Point, NY VA hospitals, which together form the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System (VA-HVHCS).
I wish to bring to your attention the extremely low pay that the VA pays us Police Officers, and the very high attrition rate of Police Officers employed by the VA-HVHCS. VA Police Officers in the NYC metro area start at $44,843 and reach the top pay of $54,014 after 18 years. Over the past ten years the VA-HVHCS has hired over 60 Police Officers who eventually resigned to accept other better paying jobs. The cost to the VA of training each Police Officer is around $10,000, and this ten year attrition rate for just Montrose and Castle Point has cost the federal government over $600,000. All of the VA hospitals in the New York City metropolitan area (Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, St Albans-Queens, Northport Long –Island, and East Orange and Lyons in NJ) are plagued with similar attrition rates. The overall cost to the federal government must be in the millions of dollars. No other police department, business, enterprise, or organization would tolerate this rate of attrition. The number one cause of VA Police Officers leaving employment as Police Officers with the VA is low pay. In the NYC metro region VA Police Officers are paid, on average, half of what the average state, city, town, village, Port Authority, or MTA Police Officer earns. Also located in the NYC metro area, the FBI Uniform Division Police, Federal Reserve Police, and US Mint Police earn significantly higher salaries than VA Police Officers. Even the DOD Police earn more.
As a VA Police Officer I am required to attend two months of intensive law enforcement training at the Department of Veteran Affairs Law Enforcement Training Center (VALETC) located in Little Rock, Arkansas. Additionally I am required to undergo many hours of yearly training to maintain my certifications in OC Pepper Spray, Hand Cuffing, Use of Force, Firearms and Defensive Tactics. All federal law enforcement officers are required to undergo similar training. I am tasked with protecting persons and property on VA grounds, enforcing appropriate criminal codes and regulations, and assisting patients, visitors, and employees who require assistance. I issues traffic citations and federal violation notices when necessary. I perform similar law and order duties that all Police Officers perform. A significant portion of my duties involve investigating past crimes. Such investigations involve interviewing and taking statements from victims, witnesses, and suspects related to crimes which occur on VA property. I am responsible for recovering, processing, and safeguarding evidence. I often arrest persons for offenses committed on VA property. I work and patrol alone and without supervision on a 285 acre campus style facility of 39 buildings. Guiding, assisting, and evacuating our large
This is not fair to these police officers that risk their lives every day for our safety. They have just as dangerous or in a lot of cases more dangerous job then the officers covered under LEO
The US Government needs to come in line with State and Local municipalities. A Law enforcement officer and Police are the same. And all should have the same benefits across the board. No matter if you wear a suit or uniform.
Very long overdue >