Washington – US Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) introduced a bill today To protect police officers from attacks targeting law enforcement. The Improving Law Enforcement Officer Safety and Welfare through the Data Act is based on existing reporting requirements for attacks targeting police. The bill expands our understanding of ambush-style attacks against law enforcement to help prevent similar attacks in the future.
“Our top priority should be to protect the lives of law enforcement officers. They support us, we must support them. This bill helps protect the police from attacks. This is what we should be doing,” Dr Cassidy said.
“Ambushes targeting law enforcement have climbed to alarming levels in recent years, and while the government gathers basic data on attacks against police, we need to learn more about the factors contributing to this disturbing pattern. Our bill will help expand our understanding of these attacks to better identify the motives, trends, and any coordinated efforts to target badgers to keep our communities safe. Senator Grassley said,
“We are indebted to all the brave members of law enforcement who protect our communities. That’s why I am proud to support improving law enforcement officer safety and welfare through the data that the U.S. Attorney General collects on fine data. on attacks against police officers, explain why they happen, and give us the tools to prevent them. By understanding this data, we can foster better relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve. as well as improve the mental health of officials and support their efforts to keep our roads safe.” Senator Lujan said.
“Attacks on our law enforcement officers are abhorrent and we need to get a clearer picture of when they happen. I am proud to be co-presenting this bipartisan law so that we can improve reporting and help men to stop these heinous acts. and continue to support women.” Senator Tillis said.
“Intentional attacks on law enforcement are terrifying – we must do more to stop them. These attacks against heroic men and women in the force threaten not only their safety, but their ability to perform their jobs effectively and overall Public safety is also at risk. That’s why I’m working closely with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to learn more about these dangerous attacks as we help protect our officials from vicious and unprovoked attacks. work together. Senator Hassan said,
The Improving Law Enforcement Officer Safety and Welfare through the Data Act expands the categories of information that can be voluntarily reported about anti-police attacks, such as the intent and coordination of criminals. Finally, the bill highlights the mental health and stress-related impacts of trauma on law enforcement, the mental health resources available to assist authorities, and the extent to which those resources are used.
Police officers killed in attacks targeting police increased by 58.7 percent in 2021 from the previous year. The spike made 2021 the deadliest year for law enforcement killings since 1995, with the exception of officers lost during the 9/11 attacks.
In 2021, about 44 percent of police officers were killed by unprovoked attacks or ambushes on officers. The trend of violence targeting law enforcement coincides with a nationwide increase in anti-police rhetoric in recent years. The government collects basic information on these attacks, such as when the attack took place and the type of weapons used, but fails to collect data such as the intent and coordination of the perpetrators.
The bill has been endorsed by the National Association of Police Officers and the Fraternal Order of Police.