2007-09-07 / Community

NAPO Names Weiner Bill Top Priority

Representative Anthony Weiner, a member of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security announced today the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO), which represents over 230,000 law enforcement officers nationwide, has named his First Responder Funding Modernization Act as one of its top legislative priorities for the 110th Congress. The bill would increase the amount of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grants available to pay for salaries and overtime for anti-terror cops.

Presently, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grants have provided only limited funds for hiring and retaining personnel, with the vast majority of funding going towards equipment. Often, police officers around the country are not fairly compensated for additional counter-terror duties and training, making it difficult for localities to retain experienced law enforcement officials. This has led to the loss of many irreplaceable veteran officers around the country.

The First Responder Funding Modernization Act says that DHS may not restrict anti-terror grant funds from being used to pay for salaries or overtime for law enforcement officials engaged in antiterrorism activities. It also directs DHS to treat the proposed use of grant money on salaries and overtime pay on equal footing as equipment any other type of proposed use when determining eligibility for a grant.

"The most important tool in combating terror at home is boots on the

ground," said Rep. Weiner.

"I'm honored to have the support of the National Association of Police Organizations in passing this legislation which will finally give local law enforcement the critically needed funds they need to keep our communities safe."

Earlier this year, after heading a long-standing demand from Rep. Weiner, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced that 2007 anti-terror dollars could be used to fund terrorism cops. In May of this year, legislation authored by Weiner to put 50,000 more police officers on our nation's streets - including an estimated 2,969 new cops to fight crime and terrorism in New York City - passed the United States House of Representatives.

Founded in 1978, The National Association of Police Organizations represents law enforcement unions and associations from all 50 states. NAPO represents over 2,000 unions and associations with 236,000 law enforcement officers, 11,000 retires officers, and over 100,000 citizens.

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