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: 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 is about time. All police officers deserve the recognition. Well except for air traffic controllers. I mean really.
“We are dealing with a population of Veterans that suffer from assorted mental health issues, including PTSD,” Glidewell said in an e-mail. “Sometimes they have drug and alcohol problems and when they feel that the VA is ignoring them, not answering the phone, failing to return calls for assistance or there are long wait times, they get more and more disgruntled. The VA is ripe for a mass killing but no one is listening to us.”

Media reports show there have been a string of shootings and violent incidents in VA medical centers across the country, inside the nation’s largest health-care system with over 1,700 hospitals, clinics and medical centers.

Some of the violence has been committed by employees. Other times, they are carried out by veterans, who VA police point out are trained in weapons and tactics, increasing the risk.

Most recently, there was a shooting last February at a VA medical center in Vancouver, Wash., where a former financial auditor shot the center’s chief financial officer.

In November 2013, in Bay Pines Fla., a veteran threatened the staff by taking out a knife and warning that he had a bomb. He was shot to death by VA police. Violent incidents took place about once every 10 days and there were nearly two disorderly conduct incidents every day across the Bay Pines system, according to records obtained by The Tribune newspaper under the federal Freedom of Information Act.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2015/01/17/after-fatal-shooting-at-el-paso-hospital-va-police-highlight-nationwide-security-lapses-in-vas-medical-system/
This is of particular interest. Officers who work the street, perform the duties and live the life: do not receive the same consideration as janitors, secretaries and other administrative personnel. Please address this, I am 17 years into my career. It probably will not help me. However, there are a bunch of folks who do deserve this and the help of our elected representatives.
This is long overdue and for those of us who attend the same training and go through all of the same processes as those who receive the above stated entitlements, it is somewhat of a slap in the face.
If the shooting at Fort Hood didn't clearly identify the dangers we face, then congress does not know what police do at every level of government.