FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 18 MAY 2017
FOP BACKED BILL INCREASES PROTECTIONS FOR POLICE; SENATE CONSIDERATION NEXT
Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, welcomed news that the House considered and passed HR. 115, the “Thin Blue Line Act,” by a vote of271-143. The FOP supported this bill since its introduction, as well as in the previous Congress.
“This is National Police Week and we are very grateful to the House and its leadership for taking up this legislation that will add more protections for law enforcements officers all over the country,” stated Canterbury.
The legislation amends existing law to make the killing of a State or local law enforcement officer an aggravating factor for individuals charged under Federal law.
“Law enforcement officers have always faced threats while on duty but within the last few years, officers have become a target for violence solely because of the uniform that they wear,” Canterbury continued. In 2016, we saw 33% of the officers killed by firearms in the line of duty because of targeted ambush attacks. A recent FBI report stated that 28% of attacks on law enforcement in 2016 were motivated by a hatred for police or by an extreme social or political agenda.
The FOP also extends its thanks to Representative Vernon G. Buchanan (R-FL) who introduced this legislation. “We are sincerely grateful for all those Members who voted in support of law enforcement and the FOP’s efforts to keep our men and women behind the badge safe,” said Canterbury. We thank you for your support of law enforcement and efforts to keep law enforcement officers safe in the line of duty.
The Fraternal Order of Police is the largest law enforcement labor organization in the United States with more than 330,000 members in every region of the country.