CRAMER: House Observes National Police Week, Passes Bills Supporting Work of Police Officers
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer joined his colleagues in the House of Representatives in observing National Police Week and by supporting several bills ensuring police officers have the tools needed to do their job and keep the public safe.
National Police Week began in 1962 as a way to honor law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, and presents the opportunity for all Americans to express appreciation for their law enforcement officers.
“Every day, federal, state, and local law enforcement officers around the country protect their fellow citizens from harm, keep the peace, and carry out justice,” said Cramer. “The bills passed by the House of Representatives this week honor their sacrifices and ensure those who harm law enforcement officers are brought to justice.”
The bills passed by the House of Representatives this week include:
- H.R. 510, The Rapid DNA Act of 2017, helps identify the guilty and free the innocent by allowing Rapid DNA analysis machines to be used at local police stations. Rapid DNA technology expedites DNA analysis for suspect identification purposes and allows local law enforcement to accurately identify a suspect within hours, as opposed to weeks when evidence is shipped off to a lab.
- H.R. 1892, The Honoring Hometown Heroes Act, permits the American flag to be flown at half-staff when a police officer, firefighter, or first responder is killed in the line of duty.
- H.R. 1616, The Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act of 2017, authorizes a program that has been run by the U.S Secret Service for a number of years that trains state and local law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges regarding cyber and electronic crimes.
- H.R. 1428, The American Law Enforcement Heroes Act of 2017, prioritizes the hiring of veterans by awardees of grants under the COPS Hiring program.
- H.R. 1039, The Probation Officer Protection Act of 2017, protects public safety by giving probation officers the authority, while in the performance of their official duties, to arrest a person if there is probable cause to believe that the person has forcibly assaulted, resisted, opposed, impeded, intimidated, or interfered with probation officers or fellow probation officers in the performance their duties.
- H.R. 115, The Thin Blue Line Act, adds the murder of a state or local police officer as an aggravating factor for a jury to consider in deciding whether to impose the death penalty in federal capital cases. The murder of a federal law enforcement officer is already an aggravating factor under current law. The legislation sends the message that the stalking and killing of law enforcement officers must not and will not be tolerated.