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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Long overdue.
I would like to know, as Law Enforcement Officer why we work so hard and get so little pay. Iím a 23yr LEO Veteran and the more years I work, the more my retirement persists to decrease. Can you explain why that happens?
I find it degrading and non-sensical that I put on a police uniform, second chance vest, and carry a weapon every day, protecting multi billion dollars worth of government assets, assuring live combat missions go on unhindered, but am paid less than someone who cooks in a prison. My SF 50 says Police Officer, but my pay and retirement benefits say otherwise. This is unacceptable.
Please pass this new law so that we can enjoy the benefits we deserve as Federal Police Officers. I work for the Department of Veterans Affairs and I conduct traffic stops, respond to 911 calls for service on all calls including robberies, domestics, fights, emotional and mental disturbances. I put my life on the line everyday I put my bullet proof vest on, my uniform and carry a weapon on duty and off duty. I should be treated as such.