The Illinois FOP Labor Council

The Labor Council provides full union representation: negotiating and enforcing contracts, improving salaries, working conditions, and benefits for law enforcement professionals throughout Illinois. Our members are protected 24 hours a day by a staff of full-time, in-house attorneys and field representatives who have a proven track record of winning.

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By IL FOP Labor Council - Wednesday, November 21, 2012

 

 

 

Dear members of the law enforcement and prosecution communities:
 
In just six weeks, deep, automatic cuts in federal funding, known as sequestration, will begin to take effect. According to the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Justice’s justice assistance grant programs will be cut by 8.2 percent across the board. Unless Congress changes the underlying law, similar–or much deeper–cuts will occur every year for the next ten years. This will affect the Edward R. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants (Byrne-JAG) program, the hiring program administered by the Office on Community-Oriented Policing Services (COPS), the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) grant program, the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) and many others.
 
Congress will return next week for a lame duck session in an effort to reach a comprehensive deficit reduction deal to amend or delay sequestration and to address the other elements of the “fiscal cliff.” Even if the current sequestration mechanism is canceled, these programs may be jeopardized by deeper cuts.
 
It is important for the law enforcement and prosecution communities to join together in explaining the vital role these Federal dollars play in your ability to protect the public safety, build stable communities, and continue to test innovative methods for preventing, fighting and prosecuting crime.
 
To this end, the Fraternal Order of Police is joining with other organizations in the criminal justice community in an effort to protect these vital programs.  Please click on this link to sign onto a letter to Congress urging them to protect these essential programs: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dEtTWnhMNnBka0VmbVhDQjROZ0otdWc6MQ .   It will take less than two minutes. And it will make a difference.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dEtTWnhMNnBka0VmbVhDQjROZ0otdWc6MQ


If you have any questions about the letter, please contact the National Legislative Office.