WHAT IS THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF POLICE ORGANIZATIONS (NAPO)?
The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) is a coalition of police units and associations from across the United States. NAPO was organized for the purpose of advancing the interests of America’s law enforcement officers through legislative advocacy, political action, and education.
Founded in 1978, NAPO is the strongest unified voice supporting law enforcement officers in the United States. NAPO represents more than 1,000 police units and associations, over 241,000 sworn law enforcement officers, and more than 100,000 citizens who share a common dedication to fair and effective crime control and law enforcement.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF NAPO?
Increasingly, the rights and interests of law enforcement officers have been the subject of legislative, executive, and judicial action in the nation’s capital. From issues of federal funding of State law enforcement and anti-terrorism efforts, to federal policy on employee health, pensions, and other benefits, the actions of Congress and the Administration significantly impact public safety interests. These interests must be vigorously protected in light of the vital role law enforcement officers play in maintaining the peace and security of American society. NAPO works to influence the course of national affairs where law enforcement interests are concerned.
WHAT HAS NAPO DONE FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT?
NAPO has achieved a number of solid legislative and administrative victories for its members. The following list includes examples of NAPO’s accomplishments:
- Extension of the effective date of the IRS Normal Retirement Age rules from the original date of January 1, 2009 to January 1, 2013, and later to January 1, 2015
- Enactment and renewal of the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act
- Enactment of the Police, Fire and Emergency Officers Educational Assistance Act
- Enactment and renewal of the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act
- Enactment of legislation which raised the Public Safety Officers’ Benefit (PSOB) for officers killed in the line of duty from $318,111 in 2011 to $323,035 in 2013
- Enactment of the Securing Aircraft Cockpits Against Laser Pointers Act
- Enactment of the Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act
- Enactment of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act
- Enactment of a Nationwide Interoperable Communications Network for Public Safety
- Enactment of the Law Enforcement Officers’ Safety Act (Right to Carry Legislation)
- Enactment of the Fair Sentencing Act
- Enactment of the National AMBER Alert Act
- Enactment of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act
- Enactment of the Healthcare Enhancement for Local Public Safety Officers Retirees Act
- Enactment of legislation which made the federal death benefit tax free to survivors
- Enactment of the Family and Medical Leave Act
- Enactment and implementation of the Hometown Heroes Act
- Enactment of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act
WHAT ISSUES OF IMPORTANCE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT IS NAPO CURRENTLY WORKING ON?
In addition to NAPO’s numerous legislative victories, the following list includes areas where NAPO continues to fight for America’s law enforcement officers and increased public safety:
- The Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act, which will grant the basic rights of collective bargaining for wages, hours, and safe working conditions to all public safety officers
- The State and Local Law Enforcement Procedural Bill of Rights Act (the National Law Enforcement Officer Bill of Rights)
- Full funding for vital state and local law enforcement assistance programs through the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, particularly the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program, Byrne-Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne-JAG) Program, and Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Grant Program
- Protection of officers’ pension, healthcare, and Social Security benefits
- Increased access to mental health treatment for individuals who come into contact with the criminal justice system
- Gang deterrence and prevention
- Extradition of cop-killers and increased penalties for crimes against law enforcement officers
- Establishment of a National Blue Alert communications network
WHAT ELSE DOES NAPO DO TO IMPROVE THE WELFARE OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY?
NAPO not only works to influence the course of national affairs where law enforcement interests are concerned, but also works hard to maintain the welfare of our members in the law enforcement community.
- In 2002, NAPO established the National Association of Police Organizations Relief Fund, dedicated “to provide for the physical, medical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of law enforcement officers and their families who have suffered hardship as a result of catastrophe, storm, flood, earthquake, fire, evacuation, relocation, disaster, war, or other acts or accidents of nature or man.”
- Since October 1994, NAPO has held its Annual TOP COPS Awards® to recognize sworn law enforcement officers from across the country who are nominated by their peers for outstanding service.
- NAPO established a sister 501(c)(3) research and education organization in 1991, the Police Research and Education Project (PREP). PREP has conducted research on law enforcement stress and its effect on the family under the auspices of National Institute of Justice grants.
- NAPO established the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Rights Center in 1994 to protect officers’ legal and constitutional rights. The Rights Center has filed numerous amicus curiae briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and other courts of appeal on behalf of law enforcement officers from across the country.
- NAPO is a founding member of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), and continues to serve on the Board of Directors of the National Memorial and the new National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, D.C.
- NAPO serves as a board or coalition member on more than a dozen committees, coalitions, conferences, and networks working on various causes, from body armor design and usage to crime prevention.
NAPO will continue to actively work to improve the laws and policies of the United States for the benefit of our members and the public at large. What happens in Washington, D.C. can have a very real and direct impact on the line officer in every department in this country. NAPO works to ensure that law enforcement will continue to have a seat at the table when the important decisions of our towns, our counties, our states, and our nation are made.
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