Bill Sponsor
Senate Bill 546
118th Congress(2023-2024)
Recruit and Retain Act
Became Law
Became Law
Became Public Law 118-64 on May 24, 2024
Overview
Text
Introduced
Feb 28, 2023
Latest Action
May 24, 2024
Origin Chamber
Senate
Type
Bill
Bill
The primary form of legislative measure used to propose law. Depending on the chamber of origin, bills begin with a designation of either H.R. or S. Joint resolution is another form of legislative measure used to propose law.
Bill Number
546
Congress
118
Policy Area
Crime and Law Enforcement
Crime and Law Enforcement
Primary focus of measure is criminal offenses, investigation and prosecution, procedure and sentencing; corrections and imprisonment; juvenile crime; law enforcement administration. Measures concerning terrorism may fall under Emergency Management or International Affairs policy areas.
Sponsorship by Party
Republican
Nebraska
Republican
Arkansas
Democrat
Delaware
Democrat
Illinois
Republican
Louisiana
Democrat
Minnesota
Republican
Missouri
Democrat
Montana
Republican
North Carolina
Senate Votes (1)
House Votes (1)
checkPassed on July 26, 2023
Status
Passed
Type
Voice Vote
Voice Vote
A vote in which the presiding officer states the question, then asks those in favor and against to say "Yea" or "Nay," respectively, and announces the result according to his or her judgment. The names or numbers of senators voting on each side are not recorded.
Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate with an amendment by Voice Vote.(consideration: CR S3580-3582; text: CR S3581-3582)
Summary

Recruit and Retain Act

This bill expands the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant program to support recruitment efforts by law enforcement agencies.

Specifically, the bill expands the COPS program by

  • allowing funds to be used for reducing application-related fees (e.g., fees for background checks, psychological evaluations, and testing); and
  • directing the Department of Justice (DOJ) to award competitive grants to partnerships between law enforcement agencies and educational institutions (e.g., elementary and secondary schools and institutions of higher education) for recruiting activities, such as for career and job fairs.

The bill requires DOJ to establish guidance for understaffed law enforcement agencies applying for COPS grants.

The Government Accountability Office must study and report on the effects of recruitment and attrition rates on federal, state, tribal, and local law enforcement agencies.

Text (4)
Public Record
Record Updated
Jun 11, 2024 4:06:49 PM