Donovan, Congress Vote to Support Law Enforcement
Washington, DC—May 18, 2017....Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11) and the U.S. House of Representatives this week voted to pass two bills to support law enforcement officers. The Thin Blue Line Act (H.R. 115) toughens penalties against criminals who harm or kill law enforcement officers, and the American Law Enforcement Heroes Act of 2017 (H.R. 1428) bolsters law enforcement job opportunities for veterans.
Congressman Donovan said, “The brave men and women who protect and serve our communities deserve our gratitude and appreciation. These bills are critical to deterring threats against police officers, and to easing the transition into civilian life for returning service members. New York City is home to the greatest first responders in the world, and I will continue my work in Congress to support them.”
The Thin Blue Line Act toughens penalties against those who kill or attempt to kill police officers, firefighters, or other first responders. The bill expands considerations for the federal death penalty to include the killing of state and local law enforcement officers and first responders. Under current law, the death penalty can only be considered for murdering federal law enforcement officers. Stricter penalties for those who harm or target law enforcement will deter violence against officers and ensure criminals face appropriate punishment for their crimes.
H.R. 1428 incentivizes state and local governments to hire military veterans for law enforcement jobs. The bill prioritizes the receipt of funding from the U.S. Department of Justice COPS grant program to localities that hire and train veterans for law enforcement positions. This legislation will bolster the strength of our law enforcement departments, and help our brave service members more easily transition into the next phase of their careers.
The passage of these bills coincides with National Police Week, a time to honor and thank the men and women in blue who selflessly serve and protect our communities each day.
The bills will now go to the Senate for consideration.