The National Fraternal Order of Police has had positive and productive conversations with Democrats and Republicans in both the House and Senate to build a bipartisan consensus on legislation to improve policing in our country.
We believe that there are broad areas of agreement and that it is possible to build consensus on issues like data collection, agency accreditation, expanded use of body-worn cameras and improved training. We also need to work for more consistent adoption of nationally accepted use of force models.
Many law enforcement agencies have already done the right things, by implementing good policies on screening, training, and supervision. Other agencies are examining how they can improve the way they police their communities and are struggling to find resources and guidance to affect real change and reform.
The efforts of the National FOP—the voice of our nation’s law enforcement officers—will remain highly engaged with members of Congress as the legislative process continues. We hope today’s vote in the House is just the first step on the path to develop bipartisan legislation to reform policing in America.
The Fraternal Order of Police is the largest law enforcement labor organization in the United States with more than 351,000 members.