WASHINGTON – Three pro-law enforcement measures backed by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) were signed into law this morning. Grassley shepherded all three bills through the Senate Judiciary Committee during National Police Week in May, and subsequently passed both houses of Congress with his support.
“Supporting law enforcement is just common sense. And it’s especially important after departments faced misguided defunding efforts, difficulties maintaining morale and workforce, and an increase in crime. These bills will help ensure that public safety officers receive the support and resources they need from the federal government as they continue to keep our communities safe,” Grassley said.
Grassley authored this bipartisan bill to ensure that officers who are permanently unable to secure meaningful gainful employment following a catastrophic injury in the line of duty remain eligible for federal benefits. It also expands the Justice Department’s ability to more efficiently secure records needed to swiftly evaluate disability claims. This bill is endorsed by numerous law enforcement organizations.
This bill seeks to address the mental stresses incurred by law enforcement by encouraging the adoption of peer counseling programs and protecting the privacy of federal officers who participate.
This bill clarifies that U.S. federal law makes it a crime to kill federal officers and employees serving overseas, and that crimes against them may be tried in a U.S. court of law. The bill is named for U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Special Agents Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila, who were attacked by drug cartels while working in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.