Pascrell, Rutherford Introduce Bills to Protect Law Enforcement, Mint Commemorative Coin
Dual legislation would empower probation officers facing violent situations and create new honor for National Law Enforcement Museum
Washington, March 26, 2019
Tags: Public Safety
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) and John Rutherford (R-FL-04), the co-chairs of the House Law Enforcement Caucus, introduced two pieces of legislation to support law enforcement initiatives. The Probation Officer Protection Act, H.R. 1866, would give federal probation officers the power to arrest third party individuals that obstruct a parole officer from carrying out their job. And the National Law Enforcement Museum Commemorative Coin Act, H.R. 1865, would authorize the minting of a coin in honor of the Museum.
“Every day, a hole in our laws threatens the safety and well-being of countless parole officers and law enforcement personnel,” said Rep. Pascrell about the Probation Officer Protection Act, a version of which passed the House last Congress. “Under the existing laws, a federal parole officer is not allowed to arrest third parties that seek to obstruct, impede, or pose direct harm to the parole officers while carrying out their jobs. This legislation will close this loophole by giving parole officers the tools to fulfill their
“Probation officers play a vital role in our criminal justice system and should be given the tools they need to carry out their jobs safely,” said Rep. Rutherford. “Currently, parole officers are forced to call additional authorities when encountered with an individual not directly under their supervision but illegally hindering or seeking to harm that officer. By allowing these parole officers to conduct arrests, we can ensure their safety and reduce the strain on other law enforcement resources.”
In a 2017 letter, the Criminal Law Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States endorsed this legislation. “
Under current federal law, federal probation officers lack the authority to issue
This is a considerable safety threat to federal probation officers. In Fiscal Year 2018, federal probation officers conducted a total of 1,426 searches pursuant to a court-ordered search condition or with consent, of which 682 had at least
The Probation Officer Protection Act is supported by the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, the National Fraternal Order of Police, the National Association of Police Organizations, and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.
Some proceeds from the coin authorized in the National Law Enforcement Museum Commemorative Coin Act would be dedicated to
About H.R. 1865, Rep. Pascrell stated, “The National Law Enforcement Museum is a monument to the dedication and sacrifice of America’s Finest. The memorial to the fallen is one of the most touching shrines in our nation’s capital. It is fully fitting, then, that the museum
“The National Law Enforcement Museum is an important tribute to the guardians of America’s communities,” said Rep. Rutherford. “As a former sheriff, I have seen personal sacrifices and brave actions by many of the officers under my command. It is right to commemorate these actions and those like it through the recognition of a minted coin by the United States of America.”
Rep. Pascrell and Rep. Rutherford’s National Law Enforcement Museum Commemorative Coin Act is cosponsored by 114 members of the House.