‘Law Enforcement Officers Equity Act’ Top Priority for FOP & Federal Officers

If you are one of the 1.4 million people that visit any of the 9,000 federal facilities each day, the Federal Protective Service is there to keep you safe.
As the police force of the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Protective Service (FPS) is responsible for protecting Federal Facilities, their occupants, and visitors, ensuring a safe environment in which federal agencies can conduct their business. FPS does this by investigating threats posed against over 9,000 federal facilities nationwide.

“The ‘Law Enforcement Officers’ Equity Act,’ is a top legislative priority for the FOP,” explains Patrick Yoes, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, applauded the introduction of H.R. 962, introduced by Representatives William J. Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), Andrew R. Garbarino (R-NY), Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA) and Brian K. Fitzpatrick (R-PA).

“Due to their high level of training and the dangerous nature of the profession, Congress rightfully determined that Federal law enforcement officers should receive enhanced salary and retirement benefits compared to other Federal employees.”

Patrick Yoes, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police
Patrick Yoes, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police and Captain at the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana

“These enhanced benefits are referred to as 6(c) benefits, but, because of regulatory inconsistencies, nearly 30,000 Federal law enforcement officers do not receive these benefits.”

This legislation would provide all Federal law enforcement officers with 6(c) retirement benefits and the ability to retire after 20 years of service after the age of 50 or after 25 years of service at any age.

If enacted, thousands of officers serving in agencies within the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, as well as those employed by the FBI Police, U.S. Postal Service; Federal Protective Service, who were honored in the 2020 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, the National Institute of Health; U.S. Mint and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing will receive the same enhanced benefits as their Federal law enforcement counterparts.

“All Federal law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day, no matter which Federal agency they work for,” added Yoes.

“This bill will ensure that all Federal law enforcement officers receive the same benefits when they retire.”

“The FOP is grateful to Representatives Pascrell, Garbarino, Connolly and Fitzpatrick for introducing this legislation which would expand the definition of ‘law enforcement officer’ for retirement benefits to include all Federal law enforcement officers.”

The Fraternal Order of Police is the largest law enforcement labor organization in the United States, with more than 356,000 members.

Everett Kelley, National President at AFGE
Everett Kelley, National President at AFGE

Additionally, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) National President Everett Kelley issued the following statement in response to the introduction of the Law Enforcement Officers Equity Act (HR 962):

“Existing law does not treat all federal law enforcement personnel equally when it comes to determining their pay rates and retirement benefits.”

“Specifically, officers with the Federal Protective Service and police officers at the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments and the U.S. Mint have lower rates of pay than other federal law enforcement professionals and are not eligible for full law enforcement retirement benefits until years after their peers.”

“These inequities lead to high turnover and lower employee morale at agencies that are unable to offer comparable pay and benefits.”

“On behalf of the 700,000 federal and D.C. government employees AFGE represents, including tens of thousands of law enforcement professionals, I sincerely thank Representatives Bill Pascrell Jr., Gerry Connolly, Brian Fitzpatrick, and Andrew Garbarino for reintroducing the Law Enforcement Officers Equity Act.”

If you are one of the 1.4 million people that visit any of the 9,000 federal facilities each day, the Federal Protective Service is there to keep you safe.
If you are one of the 1.4 million people that visit any of the 9,000 federal facilities each day, the Federal Protective Service is there to keep you safe.

“This bipartisan bill would expand the definition of law enforcement officer under Title 5 of the U.S. Code to include all federal employees who are authorized to carry a firearm and whose duties involve the investigation or apprehension of suspected or convicted individuals.”

“This important legislation would close a loophole in existing law has resulted in second-class status for many federal law enforcement officers, ensuring they are treated equally when it comes to setting their pay rates and qualifying for full retirement benefits.”

“AFGE look forward to working with Congress to ensure its passage.”

Federal Protective Service Honored in 2020 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program

FPS Director and USAF Brigadier General Eric Patterson (Rtd) (at right), and the FPS and ANL team accepting their Awards at 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Luncheon at ISC East.
FPS Director and USAF Brigadier General Eric Patterson (Rtd) (at right), and the FPS and ANL team accepting Awards at a ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Luncheon at ISC East.

American Security Today’s ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards program is in its Fifth Year and continues to recognize the Outstanding Innovations of top firms and agencies in the Homeland Security and Public Safety fields.

2020 has been a very challenging year for everyone due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the much heralded AST ‘ASTORS’ Awards Winners Presentations and exclusive Luncheon at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC has been canceled and rescheduled for 2021 due to the virus.

Mike Madsen, Publisher, American Security Today
Mike Madsen, Publisher, American Security Today

However, the 2020 ‘ASTORS’  Homeland Security Awards Program was again a huge success and many new categories were added including a section for COVID-19 Detection and Innovation.

Federal Protective Service in Collaboration with the Argonne National Laboratory

Best Risk, Crisis Management Solution

    • Modified Infrastructure Survey Tool (MIST) – COVID-19 Telematics Capabilities

  • DHS’s Federal Protective Service (FPS) provides integrated security and law enforcement services–including conducting security assessments and detecting and mitigating threats–to over 9,500 federal facilities. To accomplish this mission, FPS leverages the Modified Infrastructure Survey Tool (MIST), a joint solution developed in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory.

As the police force of the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Protective Service (FPS) is responsible for protecting Federal Facilities, their occupants, and visitors, ensuring a safe environment in which federal agencies can conduct their business. FPS does this by investigating threats posed against over 9,000 federal facilities nationwide.
As the police force of the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Protective Service (FPS) is responsible for protecting Federal Facilities, their occupants, and visitors, ensuring a safe environment in which federal agencies can conduct their business. FPS does this by investigating threats posed against over 9,000 federal facilities nationwide.
  • Argonne and FPS have continuously sought ways to improve the tool’s ability to assess, detect, and mitigating threats, and this year, no threat was more pervasive in this country than COVID-19.

  • To confront the threat that COVID-19 posed to the FPS workforce, MIST was enhanced to allow FPS Headquarters and FPS Management to track and display each federal building affected by COVID-19, and to analyze local hospitals and EMS facilities in relation to federal buildings and office locations.

  • Additionally, the map capability within MIST was expanded to allow for many additional layers, allowed FPS a granular understanding of the number of facilities impacted by the virus, and much more. 

  • Ultimately, the new COVID-19 telematics capabilities offered FPS decision makers the ability to make better informed decisions on moving personnel and security equipment to best protect people and property, while ensuring safety of their staff. 

  • The Federal Protective Service and Argonne National Laboratory have also been recognized in the 2019, and 20188 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Programs respectively.

  • To Learn More, please visit the DHS Federal Protective Service at https://www.dhs.gov/topic/federal-protective-service.

The 2020 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program is sponsored by ATI SystemsAttivo NetworksAutomatic SystemsDesktop Alert, X.Labs and Reed Exhibitionsevery one a returning Sponsor from 2019.

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