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AFSCME supports House-approved policing package that would make our communities safer

By AFSCME Staff ·

AFSCME-supported public safety legislation that seeks to invest in local law enforcement agencies to make our communities safer was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives last month.

It would fund social services that enhance public safety, advance police training in de-escalation and establish a program to support officers who experience stress or trauma after responding to violent crime, among other things.

“AFSCME members in law enforcement and public safety around the country work hard to keep our families and communities safe – patrolling our streets, securing our airports and enforcing our laws,” AFSCME wrote in a letter to House members urging passage of the bills. “These bills invest in policing, focusing funds on public safety and criminal investigations of the most serious crimes and recognize the complex challenges law enforcement agencies confront and face. … We support increasing access to qualified counselors for critical incident stress management and traumatic stress. Personnel must be able to confidentially access such programs without fear of stigma or penalty.”

The AFSCME-supported legislation includes:  

AFSCME members include police officers, corrections officers and other public safety personnel in communities across the country.

The public safety bills next head to the Senate for a vote, although the timing isn’t clear. Our union urges the Senate to follow the House’s lead and pass these critical pieces of legislation that will invest in public

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