The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) is a coalition of police units and associations from across the United States. 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.
Increasingly, the rights and interests of law enforcement officers have been the subject of legislative, executive, and judicial action in the nation’s capital. NAPO works to influence the course of national affairs where law enforcement interests are concerned. NAPO has achieved a number of solid legislative and administrative victories for its members.
The following list includes just a few examples of NAPO’s accomplishments:
- Implementation of final IRS Normal Retirement Age rules that protect public safety pension plans and include safe harbors for public safety employees
- 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 permanent reauthorization 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 $339,000 in 2015; it is currently $422,035
- Enactment of the Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act
- Repeal of the 40 percent tax on employer-sponsored health plans, a.k.a. the “Cadillac Tax”
- Enactment and permanent reauthorization of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund
- Enactment of the Protecting America’s First Responders Act, including a COVID-19 presumption for the PSOB Program
- 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 state and federal death benefits tax free to survivors
- Enactment of the Family and Medical Leave Act
- Enactment and implementation of the Hometown Heroes Act
- Enactment of the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act
In addition to NAPO’s numerous legislative victories, the following list includes some of the areas where NAPO continues to fight for America’s law enforcement officers and increased public safety:
- 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 Department of Justice, particularly the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program, Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) Program, and the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Grant Program
- Protection of officers’ public pension, healthcare, and Social Security benefits
- Increased access to mental health treatment for individuals who come into contact with the criminal justice system and resources for officers who come into contact with persons with mental illness
- Police and criminal justice reform
- Extradition of cop-killers and increased penalties for crimes against law enforcement officers
- Funding and resources to support officer mental health and wellness, including peer mentoring programs
- Support/oppose judicial and executive branch nominations based on an evaluation of the nominee’s merits in regards to the law enforcement community
These are just a few examples of issues that we are striving to improve, for a complete list please reference our website, www.napo.org.
We need your help and support to 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. Please donate by sending a check to NAPO or use our online donation link.
Because we lobby full-time in Washington for the safety of citizens and officers,
contributions to NAPO are not deductible for tax purposes.