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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It's time that local Municipalities Police Officers are recognized here. Our pensions are very small with get no health insurance benefits. And the ones that have paid into social security get penalized. Our pensions should be Tax Free and have built in cost of living increases. We should not have to retire and work another job to support our family. We work hard our entire career and don't have the pleasure of really retiring. Middle Class is your lower class after having to pay for everything. We almost can get Food Stamps, al most can get Medicaid or Medicare. We suffer while everybody else get a free ride and special reductions just cause they never worked. Help the middle class please.
Why should federal police officers be any different than any other police officer. They are out there protecting us also
This needs to be implemented for safety reasons and to prevent a possible Ft. Hood from happening again
It's not right that cooks that work for fbop receive 6c benefits but department of defense police officers who put their lives on the line every day in service of their country do not
Any member of the law enforcement community regardless of agency deserves to be treated as such to include receiving the benefits.