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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If you cant support your police officers now, you never will.
These officers deserve this
If not now, when? We are losing far to many police officers to violence. Our federal brothers and sisters make the same sacrifice as our state and local cops. Now more then ever we need your support!
All police officers put there lives on the line, not just for one but for all.
I was a member of the United States Capitol Police for 8.5 years in a primary law enforcement position and left the Department as a Lieutenant to take a secondary position with the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC). After serving 23 years (total) the FLETC Human Capital Office informed me that the USCP did not qualify for LEO retirement due to a decision in the MSPB with another USCP officer. The MSPB case was precedent setting and when I filed, they informed me that they had already ruled on the case. I have been working for the past 8 years with Congressman Kingston and now Congressman Carter to remedy the situation. Any support you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
Every Federal police officer should have the option of retiring the same a a LEO.