Labor group backs amending LEO definition
- By FederalSoup Staff
- May 19, 2016
The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association threw its support behind a Senate bill that would amend the definition of “law enforcement officer” to include all law enforcement employees whose duties include the investigation or apprehension of individuals suspected or convicted of offenses against the United States.
The union maintains that the current definition leaves out “thousands of federal police officers and others who undergo similar training, maintain the same apprehension and arrest authorities, and are obligated to meet the same strenuous physical requirements of the job.”
The Law Enforcement Officers Equity Act, introduced May 19 by Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), would expand that definition to include employees such as uniformed officers from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Department of Veterans Affairs Police Department. The measure is companion legislation to a House bill (H.R. 2254) introduced earlier this year by Rep Peter King (R-N.Y.).
The bill would extend similar pay and benefits to certain law enforcement employees not now included under the current definition of law enforcement officer.