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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A police officer's job is a very high risk position, which encompasses exposure to daily life threatening stress. This daily stress or threat to loss of career does not apply to regular government positions. Police deserve more protections and should be allowed to require at 20 years.
This is only fair and right. Let's get this legislation pushed through!
Veterans Affairs Police face extremely dangerous situations and deal with the most highly trained people in the world.
A sworn servant of the law who earns a badge, certified with weapons and techniques for the purpose of "Policing" in order to enforce laws, maintain good order and discipline to protect people, property and equipment within a community or facility is a LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER and/or POLICE OFFICER.
This has to be fully considered and passed.
There shouldn't be this ability to pick and choose what departments are considered LEO's. If you attend an academy and get certified in police procedures, weapons, law, etc., and work protecting people and property you are considered a LEO. Who is to say that the US Capital police is more of a LEO agency than the US Mint? Or why are air traffic controllers who have no LEO training entitled to benefits while certain federal LEO's are not? It's absurd. Every LEO agencies employees deserve to be covered under this act. We are all police officers and have just as much training and experience as the covered agancies and officers, sometimes more. This needs to be fixed ASAP to include every LEO!
A sworn servant of the law who earns a badge, certified with weapons and techniques for the purpose of "Policing" in order to enforce laws, maintain good order and discipline to protect people, property and equipment within a community or facility is a LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER and/or POLICE OFFICER.
This has to be fully considered and passed.