Congressman Luke Messer

Representing the 6th District of Indiana

Rep. Messer Votes for Legislation to Support Law Enforcement Officers During National Police Week

May 19, 2017
Press Release

Rep. Messer Votes for Legislation to Support Law Enforcement Officers During National Police Week

WASHINGTON (Friday, May 19, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) voted for several pieces of legislation this week to support law enforcement officers, honor their sacrifices, and give local police additional tools to keep our communities safe.

This week, May 14-20, is National Police Week.

“Our law enforcement officers and first responders are on the front lines, protecting our communities and keeping us safe each day,” Messer said. “We owe them a great debt, and should stand up for them the way they stand up for all of us. These bills will help honor the service and sacrifice of our police men and women, and ensure those who harm our officers are brought to justice.”

The U.S. House of Representatives passed several measures this week to support and assist law enforcement officers, including:

  • H.R. 115, Thin Blue Line Act, to make the murder or attempted murder of a state or local police officer, firefighter or other first responder an “aggravating” factor in death penalty determinations. The murder of a federal law enforcement officer is already an aggravating factor under current law.
  • H.R. 1892, the Honoring Hometown Heroes Act, to honor law enforcement by permitting the American flag to be flown at half-staff when a police officer, firefighter, or first responder is killed in the line of duty.  
  • H.R. 1616, Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act of 2017, to establish a program within the Department of Homeland Security to train state and local law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges on emerging cyber and electronic crimes.
  • H.R. 1428, the American Law Enforcement Heroes Act of 2017, to prioritize the hiring of veterans by awardees of grants under the COPS Hiring program.
  • H.R. 510, the Rapid DNA Act of 2017, to help identify the guilty and free the innocent by allowing Rapid DNA analysis machines to be used at local police stations.