NAPO Supports Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program Reauthorization Act

On January 8, 2015, Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced bipartisan legislation, cosponsored by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), to reauthorize the lifesaving Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Grant Program, a federal grant program that helps state and local law enforcement agencies purchase bulletproof vests for officers working in the field.  Senator Leahy recognized NAPO as a supporter of the bill both in his official press release on the legislation, as well as during a floor speech.  That same day, Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) introduced a House companion bill.

The BVP Grant Program has issued more than one million lifesaving vests to 13,000 state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the country since it was established in 1999.  Congress has reauthorized the program three times, most recently in 2008.  However, the program’s charter expired in September 2012 and the Senate has failed to pass reauthorization legislation despite bipartisan efforts to do so. 

NAPO has worked closely with senior staffers for Senator Leahy and Congressman LoBiondo to advance this important legislation.  We look forward to continuing to work with these offices to ensure swift reauthorization during the 114th Congress.

It is important to note that NAPO continues to urge that funding for the BVP Grant Program be authorized at the $50 million level.  We are also working to ensure that failure to wear a vest shall not impact a surviving family member’s ability to receive benefits under the PSOB Act.

We will keep our members updated on the status of our efforts to pass this important bill.  If you have any questions about this legislation, please contact Melissa Nee at: mnee@napo.org.

 

Source Article: http://www.napo.org/washington-report/latest-news-updates/presidents-task-force-21st-century-policing-napo-supports-national-law-enforcement-appreciation-day-isis-threatens-law-enforceme/