Two Gardner-Backed Bills in Support of Law Enforcement Pass Senate

Washington, D.C. – During National Police Week, the Senate passed two Gardner-backed bills to support law enforcement. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced the Patrick Leahy Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program with Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and joined Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) by cosponsoring the Supporting and Treating Officers in Crisis Act of 2019.


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“Law enforcement officers in Colorado and across our nation are the foundation of safe communities, and it’s our responsibility to ensure they have the best possible equipment to protect themselves and the resources necessary for them and their families to receive mental health assistance,” said Senator Gardner. “I’m glad to see these two bills pass the Senate and provide support for our officers. I’ll continue to fight for measures like this to back our men and women in uniform.” 

Gardner has been a continuous champion of law enforcement and first responders throughout his time in the Senate. The Bulletproof Vest Partnership Program will permanently reauthorize the federal grant program that assists state and local law enforcement agencies in purchasing lifesaving bulletproof vests for officers working in the field. The Supporting and Treating Officers In Crisis Act of 2019 will restore grant funding for law enforcement family-support services and allows grant recipients to use funds to establish suicide-prevention programs and mental health services for law enforcement officers.  

Earlier this week Senator Gardner took to the Senate floor to honor Colorado Law Enforcement Officers and all the law enforcement and first responders across the country for National Police Week. He also joined Colorado law enforcement at the National Law Enforcement Memorial this week to honor those who have list their lives in the line of duty.



Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.