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H.R. 1428, American Law Enforcement Heroes Act of 2017

Floor Situation

On­­­­­ Tuesday, May 16, 2017, the House will consider H.R. 1428, the American Law Enforcement Heroes Act of 2017, under suspension of the rules.  H.R. 1428 was introduced on March 8, 2017, by Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) and was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.


Summary

H.R. 1428 incentivizes state and local government to hire American veterans and new law enforcement officers. Specifically, the bill amends the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to authorize COPS Hiring program grantees to use grant funds to hire veterans as career law enforcement officers.


Background

Since its inception, the COPS Hiring program has enabled law enforcement agencies to form vital partnerships among communities and law enforcement officers, combat criminal activities, and develop and implement problem-solving and crime prevention programs nationwide. This program provides evidence-based and innovative programs vital for public safety. 

According to the bill’s sponsor, “We owe the men and women who have fought for our freedoms the smoothest transition possible to civilian life. One of the best ways we can do this is to provide outlets for these heroes to continue their service right here at home,” said Hurd, who introduced the legislation last Congress and co-sponsored similar legislation that incentivized the Department of Homeland Security to hire veterans as Customs and Border Protection officers.  “Not only are we providing an occupational service to vets, but we are funneling trained professionals to police departments and making our communities safer. The American Law Enforcement Heroes Act will be a win for communities nationwide.”[1]


Cost

A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate is not currently available. However, CBO unofficially estimates that enacting the legislation would have no significant effect on the federal budget.

 


Staff Contact

For questions or further information please contact Jake Vreeburg with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 2-1374.

 


[1] See Rep. Hurd’s Press Release, March 9, 2017

115th Congress