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Latta Helps Pass Legislation Supporting Law Enforcement for National Police Week

WASHINGTON, D.C.  Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his colleagues in passing several pieces of legislation supporting law enforcement and first responders as part of National Police Week. These bills honor the sacrifice of police officers and ensure they have the resources to do their jobs and keep the public safe.

“We owe a debt of gratitude to our police officers and first responders that make countless sacrifices to keep our communities safe,” said Latta. “National Police Week is a time to remember the jobs these brave men and women do every day as part of the thin blue line. I voted to pass legislation that will protect our first responders, honor those that gave the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, and ensure they have the tools they need to do their job.”

The bills approved by the House include:

H.R. 115 – The Thin Blue Line Act – This legislation adds murder of a state or local police officer as an aggravating factor for a jury to consider in deciding whether to impose the death penalty in federal capital cases.

H.R. 1039 – The Probation Officer Protection Act – Protects public safety by giving probation officers the authority, while performing their duties, to arrest a person if there is probable cause that the individual has forcibly assaulted or interfered with a probation officer in the performance of his or her duties.

H.R. 1892 – The Honoring Hometown Heroes Act –  Permits Governors to order that flags be flown at half-staff in the event of the death of a first responder in the line of duty.

H.R. 1616 – Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act – Authorizes the National Computer Forensics Institute of the Department of Homeland Security; the institute will disseminate information to local and state law enforcement relations to the investigation and prevention of cyber and electronic crime.

H.R. 1428 – American Law Enforcement Heroes Act – Authorizes COPS grantees to use grant funds to hire veterans as career law enforcement officers.

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