Friday, May 19, 2017

Congressman Poe - National Police Week

This National Police Week we honor the brave men and women who put on the uniform, pin on the badge and place themselves in harm's way each day to protect our community. In 2016, Texas lost 21 men and women in blue. Among the 50 states, Texas had the highest number of officer fatalities.  
In tribute, the City of Humble and I hosted the third annual North Houston Police Memorial Ceremony, honoring these 21 men and women along with the 5 K9s who lost their lives in the line of duty. Watch the full ceremony by clicking on the image below.
Senator Cornyn and I also introduced the Back the Blue Act of 2017, increasing the penalties for criminals who intentionally target law enforcement officers, and providing new tools for officers to protect themselves. The legislation also approves grant funding to foster relationships between the police departments and the local communities.
This week the House of Representatives took several steps to honor and protect our nation's peace officers. I co-sponsored and the House passed:
H.R. 115, the"Thin Blue Line Act"
  • Allows juries in federal cases to increase the sentences for those who kill state or local law enforcement officers
H.R. 510, the "Rapid DNA Act of 2017"
  • Allow Rapid DNA analysis machines to be used at local police stations to help identify the guilty and free the innocent.
H.R. 1039, the "Probation Officer Protection Act"
  • Enable probation officers to arrest those who forcibly obstruct or assault them while they perform their duties
As always, please keep in touch and let me know what issues are most important to you and your family.


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