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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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Public Comments (2,743)
Jun 14th, 2017
Someone from Lexington, KY writes:
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It's unreasonable to expect aging veteran police officers to work 35-40 years in a field where stress and physical requirements are critical elements of the job. Help us retire at a decent age, with decent health. Let's move 0083's to where they should have always been - LEO's.
Jun 6th, 2017
C S. from Yuma, AZ writes:
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I wear a bullet proof vest, I carry a gun, I have to respond to any situation that arises ready to give my life to protect the innocent, I wear a badge that says Police Officer, my job series is 0083 Police Officer, yet I do not have a retirement system equal to other Federal LEO'S. This is wrong.
May 2nd, 2017
Someone from Romeoville, IL writes:
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Support all Officers. We live in a time where we all face dangers at any given time. Revenue Officers, have been shot at, dogs intentionlly let loose and physically attack. Police Officers are under constant threat. The Law Enforcement Officers Equity Act needs to be passed.
Apr 30th, 2017
Stephen B. from Stockton, CA writes:
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We have tried to submit this bill for several years. Let's get it done this year.
Feb 7th, 2017
Jon K. from Warren, MI writes:
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Why do members of congress, lawyers, cooks and fire fighters get LEO pay but VA police officers who actually meet the criteria do not receive this benefit. PASS THE BILL.
Jan 26th, 2017
from Houston, TX writes:
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VA Police has a important role in Law Enforcement, Please pass Bill.
Jan 25th, 2017
Someone from Houston, TX writes:
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This is important - please pass this.
Jan 22nd, 2017
Frank M. from Newcastle, WA writes:
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Now that President Trump is in office we can rebuild and reform what has been long passed over do for our government.
Dec 21st, 2016
Someone from West River, MD writes:
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This law should cover anyone trained by FLETC as a police officer of any kind.
Nov 27th, 2016
Nick L. from Palm Desert, CA writes:
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Support all officers! These agencies not covered suffer from severe retention issues costing the government more in recruiting efforts. More importantly, they risk themselves just as much as the covered agencies!