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Backing the Blue During National Police Week

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WASHINGTON, D.C., May 19, 2017 | Andre Castro (202-225-6105) | comments

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed six bills to aid law enforcement. Congressman Bill Flores (R-Texas) issued the following statement regarding passage of these bills:

“Each day, our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line to protect each of us, our families and our communities. In recognition of National Police Week, the House passed several bills to help protect and aid law enforcement. We passed bills to improve the tools that law enforcement have at their disposal to fight cyber crime and test DNA, and to incentivize the hiring of veterans as new law enforcement officers.  We also enhanced protections for probation officers, increased penalties against those who kill or target law enforcement personnel and enabled local communities to fly the American flag at half-staff for those killed in the line of duty. In all, these bills help honor our commitment to support those who keep the peace.”

The Police Week bills passed by the House include:

  • H.R. 115 - The Thin Blue Line Act 
  • H.R. 510 - The Rapid DNA Act
  • H.R. 1039 - The Probation Officer Protection Act
  • H.R. 1428 - The American Law Enforcement Heroes Act
  • H.R. 1616 - The Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act 
  • H.R. 1892 - The Honoring Hometown Heroes Act


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