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senate Bill S. 125

Do the Feds Need to Chip In and Help State and Local Law Enforcement Buy Bulletproof Vests?

Argument in favor

Reauthorizing this program will save the lives of police officers, and the matching funds requirement ensures that the federal government won’t be shouldering the cost alone.

Gene's Opinion
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05/09/2016
Peace Officers should not have to pay for their service weapon and protection vest to do their job. I can't imagine a company or corporations that does not provide their employees the tools and resources to do their job.
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B.R.'s Opinion
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04/23/2016
Whatever it takes to make it happen should be done. It should be mandatory for every officer to wear a vest. I really don't give a dam who pays for it. These people give their lives to protect us. To actually say that we do not have the money is ridiculous. Just read some of these other bills funding far less important efforts. There needs to be priority and this is one of them.
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Kristyna 's Opinion
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05/10/2016
Every officer that is authorized and paid as a cop should have a bulletproof vest as well as body cameras to film the incidents .There should be either a grant in place or other forms of tax incentives so that every cop* who is involved in active duty has a vest that is properly fitted to protect themselves. *I refer to the cops who are properly trained for their job and receiving pay to be a cop vs the pay to play cops.
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Argument opposed

State and local law enforcement agencies must find a way to obtain bulletproof vests without assistance from the federal government. The sad truth is there isn’t enough funding to accommodate this program.

AndrewGVN's Opinion
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10/27/2015
Feds shouldn't provide any funds on this matter. This should be something that states/cities work on it they find the vests necessary.
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Jacob's Opinion
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05/10/2016
Opening pandora a box into even more Fed intervention in our local and state Governments.
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Relmaster's Opinion
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05/09/2016
State and local law enforcement agencies must find a way to obtain bulletproof vests without assistance from the federal government. The sad truth is there isn’t enough funding to accommodate this program
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bill Progress


  • EnactedMay 16th, 2016
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The house Passed May 10th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
  • The senate Passed May 6th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedJanuary 8th, 2015

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What is Senate Bill S. 125?

This bill would reauthorize a federal grant program allowing law enforcement agencies to purchase additional bulletproof vests, making appropriations totaling $30 million for each of the fiscal years between 2016 and 2020. This program would also provide incentives for obtaining uniquely fitted bulletproof vests for female law enforcement officers.


State or local governments may not use other funding received from federal grant programs to satisfy the cost of the 50 percent matching funds requirement.

Grantees that receive funding under this act must comply with the requirements for the use of grant funding, have a written policy requiring uniformed patrol officers to wear a bulletproof vest or body armor, and the armor must meet certain performance standards.

All funds that do not have obligations before December 31, 2022 would be transferred back the General Fund of the Treasury before January 31, 2023. Congress expresses that appropriated funds should be limited to a two year period, and that the funds shouldn’t be made available until they have been expended.

Impact

Police officers who obtain bulletproof vests through this program, state and local law enforcement agencies, federal agencies administering the grants.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 125

A current CBO cost estimate is unavailable. The CBO analyzed an identical version of this legislation in August 2013, finding that it would authorize the appropriation of $120 million between 2014 and 2018, and would cost $72 million to implement over that five-year period. However, it should be noted that appropriation amounts for this version fo the legislation are different.

More Information

In-Depth: This legislation was introduced during the 113th Congress, but neither the Senate version nor its companion bill in the House received a full vote.

Of Note: As of July 2013, the National Institute of Justice reported that bulletproof vests and similar body armor had saved the lives of at least 3,000 police officers over the preceding three decades.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user Erin Nekervis)

AKA

Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program Reauthorization Act of 2015

Official Title

A bill to amend title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to extend the authorization of the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program through fiscal year 2020, and for other purposes.

    Peace Officers should not have to pay for their service weapon and protection vest to do their job. I can't imagine a company or corporations that does not provide their employees the tools and resources to do their job.
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    Feds shouldn't provide any funds on this matter. This should be something that states/cities work on it they find the vests necessary.
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    This Is a bright proposal for further escalation of implementation, although it's proposal was passed was presented and verified by the house committee and granted law due to the signing of the president on these direct dates from the bills details column 05/16/16 Became Public Law No: 114-155. 05/16/16 Signed by President. Furthermore, by increasing the amount of regulations for the ability for please officers to carry out their due diligence to civilly prioritize the safety of the public in a fashion that ensures their own personal needs to complete their (especially high operational missions) then most certainly it's necessary for an increase amount of implementations to occur as well. As we have witnessed today Law enforcement has been severally harassed and physically attacked in a some scenarios a FATAL MANNER! The media will typically attempt to paint the law enforcement citizens as being the evident predator and the suspect, perpetrator, or questioned individual the prey. This is absurd ! Law enforcement scattered across the United States are confronted with challenging deacons regarding the safety of the generally speaking overall communities safety and security. As a major precaution it behooves the federal funding agencies to seek the mindset that bullet proof vests and other necessities for ability to law enforcement to escalate their duties safety then bullet prof vest shall not be granted passé. You would be satisfied to hear that bullet proof vest can in reality be a main aspect for implementation that prevented a severe bullet in the arteries or the major internal organs of a police officer resulting in death. If you take a prime example of the state of Texas. Form what I Have Learned that they as a more self-governed sate have received capabilities for crimes to be reduced due to the legislation that have implemented for all citizens to advocate for their second amendment by having a firearms in their possession for the sake of self defense. Maybe this a guideline to peruse for all federal legislation. The state of New York that I reside in or specifically Long Island dose not legislate the equivalent procedures as Texas although it may be wise to peruse this form of path as well. Texas is a state tags where bulletproof vest being increased for law enforcement is hardly ever heard of. YOU KNOW WHY: Because it's a legislative implementation that caused the wreaking of the predators and the building the strength of the prey. You hear more and more severe crime occur in opposing states such as Chicago because due to the overly harsh restrictions on fire Arms the predator is boosted with strength and the preys (citizens) are painted with the ability to not advocate in a physical and verbal manner for their second amendment. At least in the state of Texas State governments have implemented matters in which citizens can comfort their families safety because they are proud possessors of their defense. Listen being a 14 year old currently working for my local town hall in the clerks office (Creating Hunting permits pertaining to the manner of gun restrictions) I have seen the legislation with my own eyes as being a state government employee. I KNOW THAT LESS GUN RESTRICTIONS WOULD EQUAL THE BRIGHT PATH TO PROSPERITY AND LESS CRIMINAL ACTIVITY! In the clerks office it's interesting. I personally are mostly on the aspect of creating hunting and fishing permits for local residents and tourist as well. Being that we reside by water and also not to far away from forest on the east end of Long Island we are met with sportingmen perusing opportunities to possess a firearm while hunting a specific species as well. My occupation hose very well and I find myself in a decent position to build he reputation do my resume in the future reference for an Ivy League that I'm shooting for either law or possibly business school as well. JUST I THOUGHT. BUT IM AIMING HIGH AS INTENDED. THE POINT IS FACTUALLY IF CITIZENS HAD THE ABILITY TO CONTAIN METHODS OF DEFENSES THEN WE COULD ADVOCATE BY GIVING BACK TO LAW ENFORCEMENT BY KEEPING ALL INDIVIDUALS UNDER SAFETY. Now if if you were to ask me if we should be equal to Texas aspects of legislation with guns where you can literally walk into the public and hold a pistol on your two palms and nothing would occur then I may be a bit hesitate being that I have resided in a low crime area in the whole New York!! THIS IS STATISTICALLY TRUE LIVING ON THE EAST END OF LONG ISLAND. Although following Texas footsteps may be the right path for future reference. We can implement together equitable polices that strengthens the preys and weakens the predators by implementing legislation that is equitable for all that would even secure our law enforcement as well. Thank you for your time.
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    Opening pandora a box into even more Fed intervention in our local and state Governments.
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    Whatever it takes to make it happen should be done. It should be mandatory for every officer to wear a vest. I really don't give a dam who pays for it. These people give their lives to protect us. To actually say that we do not have the money is ridiculous. Just read some of these other bills funding far less important efforts. There needs to be priority and this is one of them.
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    The federal militarization of the police needs to stop. Local and state police should be funded by the local and state governments.
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    Would be nice but where would the money come from a money tree, the tooth fairy
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    State and local law enforcement agencies must find a way to obtain bulletproof vests without assistance from the federal government. The sad truth is there isn’t enough funding to accommodate this program
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    Every officer that is authorized and paid as a cop should have a bulletproof vest as well as body cameras to film the incidents .There should be either a grant in place or other forms of tax incentives so that every cop* who is involved in active duty has a vest that is properly fitted to protect themselves. *I refer to the cops who are properly trained for their job and receiving pay to be a cop vs the pay to play cops.
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    State and local revenue should be more than enough to purchase these vests. This should be handled at the lowest possible level and end with the state. No reason for the Feds to get involved.
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    This is what happens when you have a government who insists on wasting it's time with feel good legislation. It up to these communities to get the tools they need to protect themselves. Plus if they don't have the money... Then the Feds sure as heck don't either
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    The Feds need to stay the heck out of state and local governments' business! I would imagine that the Feds have warehouses full of bulletproof vests and other military-appropriate equipment. Instead of spending more of our hard-earned dollars, let them donate out of their stockpiles, if they're feeling big-hearted towards LEOs.
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    This is a local issue.
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    No. Once you start funding police, you take the if you don't do this, you lose your funds. Leave my police departments alone.
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    It will help to safe lives of police officers
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    Absolutely.......NOT! The Feds will attach 100's of "dos and don't" trying to push more federal control over local law enforcement.
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    This will help ensure officers safety without having to completely militarize them.
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    The arguments against these bills always refer to a mythical shortage of money. They'd rather feed their defense contractor owners with golden spoons and send money to Israel and Saudi Arabia than provide our own law enforcement with equipment they need. Maybe the police departments where they live should make up a shortage of funds when it comes time to protect their neighborhoods. I'm sure the private security in their gated communities can make do without taxpayer help.
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    It would come with strings
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    If it's important enough, the State will make the priority call: NY and WY hardly have the same concerns.
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