The Health and Safety of Law Enforcement Act:
Creates a new grant program to increase coordination between community mental health centers and law enforcement officers on mental health issues, including homelessness and public safety.
“My bill would provide new grants for our police to work side by side with mental health professionals when responding to mental health crises. Our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day, and we need to make sure they have the resources they need to do their jobs effectively and safely. In turn, we’ll keep more folks off the streets and make our communities safer.”
The Investing in Community Safety Act:
Increases funding for recruitment efforts and retention bonuses for peace officers.
“Every day, our law enforcement in San Joaquin County put everything on the line to keep us safe despite being stretched thin with officer shortages,” said Congressman Harder. “When our police departments don’t have enough officers, everyone’s safety is at risk. We need to do whatever we can to keep our police force from burning out and make sure they know they are valued here in our community.”
The Providing Child Care for Police Officers Act:
Aims to address the nationwide police staffing shortage by making it easier for parents to enter the law enforcement field.
“This is a no brainer – keeping our families safe starts by recruiting and retaining top-tier police officers,” said Congressman Harder. “Making sure our officers have access to quality, affordable childcare means we increase the pool of talented, diverse recruits and keeps officers on the streets helping our communities.”
The Social Security Fairness Act:
Repeals two provisions of the Social Security Act that unfairly reduce or eliminate Social Security benefits for millions of Americans who have devoted much of their careers to public service — including police officers, firefighters, federal employees, and educators.