Washington, DC (PRWEB) November 4, 2010
Today, The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) praised Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano for her decision to grant Federal Protective Service law enforcement officers full firearm carry authority. This decision will empower the dedicated law enforcement officers in FPS to respond to any emergencies with the proper protection. FPS law enforcement officers play an integral role in the nation’s homeland security and it stands to reason that they should be properly equipped 24/7.
During its inaugural meeting, the DHS Federal Law Enforcement Advisory Board first broached this issue with Chuck Marino, Law Enforcement Advisor to the Secretary. FLEOA officials serving on the board advocated for this important officer safety issue. Ultimately, the Board’s recommendation was elevated to the Secretary and she took decisive action.
“Thanks to the strong leadership of Secretary Napolitano, FPS law enforcement officers will be prepared to better defend and protect the American citizenry,” stated FLEOA National President Jon Adler. The FPS currently carries out their formidable mission by providing law enforcement protection for over 9,000 federal owned and leased buildings.