News from Representative Tom Emmer


Dear Friend,

Minnesota is home to some of the best law enforcement officers in the nation and we should be reminded of their service every day. We don't often enough get the opportunity to thank our law enforcement officers for their tireless efforts to maintain safety for all Minnesotans. 

I took the opportunity to congratulate the St. Cloud Police Department for receiving the U.S. Department of Justice’s – L. Anthony Sutin Civic Imagination Award – for their Community Outpost, otherwise known as the “Cop House.” This innovative community engagement program revitalizes an unused home in a neighborhood struggling with high crime rates and creates a haven for citizens to access public services and create relationships with local law enforcement.

My office was honored to play a small part in helping the department secure this location, and assist them in opening the first of many "Cop Houses" for the St. Cloud Area. Innovative policing like this is is an important way of serving the entire Minnesota community, and I am proud to see the St. Cloud Police Department leading the way. 

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 As your representative, it is my responsibility to ensure that law enforcement officers have the tools they need to do their job effectively and efficiently to keep our great state safe. Which is why I have reintroduced the Abby Honold Act this year to help law enforcement investigate and prosecute sexual assault cases while improving care and treatment for victims - this effort was unanimously supported by my colleagues in the House. 

I have also co-sponsored several pieces of legislation to support our law enforcement community in Minnesota. Legislation like the Law Enforcement Officer Safety Reform Act will ensure officers are able to protect themselves on and off duty. Law enforcement's ability to conceal and carry off duty is important to the community. Police officers put themselves in harms way to protect their neighbors and community at all times, like Officer Jason Falconer - who was off duty, shopping at Crossroads Mall in St. Cloud when an attack occurred leaving 10 wounded. Officer Falconer confronted the attacker - and because of his heroic efforts, I was honored to present him with the Congressional Badge of Bravery last year. 

I am also a co-sponsor of the Social Security Fairness Act, which would ensure proper retirement benefits for law enforcement. Unfortunately, the current Social Security laws penalize some certain law enforcement retirement benefits through what is known as the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO). The Social Security Fairness Act would correct the treatment of these retirement benefits and is supported by organizations like the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). Finally, I co-sponsored the National Law Enforcement Museum Commemorative Coin Act to honor the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers throughout the history of the United States. 

As I continue my work during the 116th Congress, I will prioritize legislation to recognize and assist our incredible law enforcement. Thank you - from the bottom of my heart - to all law enforcement for the work you do, and the sacrifices you make. 

Sincerely,

P.S. You can always keep up with what we're doing by following me on Twitter and Facebook
 

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