The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act

1697 Words Jun 29th, 2015 7 Pages
Every day police officers in every jurisdiction across America deal with some of the worst segments of our society, arrest these people, and then hopefully go home safe after a long day at work. They often times go home to a family who does not have the skillset or tools to protect themselves in the same manner or fashion as a police officer does. Families are left exposed to the potential for danger if one of these suspects later comes after their police officer spouse or parent. There are some jurisdictions that require their police officers to carry their service weapon off duty, and some that don’t require but do allow this if the officer chooses to do so. This is all well and good as long as the officer stays within their legal jurisdiction, but what happens if they want to take their family on a road trip up state, or out of state? The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act, or LEOSA, is public policy on the federal level that was created to protect law enforcement officers on all levels (local, county, state, and federal) and is reciprocal throughout the fifty states as law. It is without a doubt a major protection for law enforcement officers while off duty and for those who are retired.
The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) is a United States federal law that was signed, passed, and enacted in 2004 by President George W. Bush. The law is often referred to incorrectly as HR 218 because it was introduced that way to the 108th Congress; but was…
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