Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) has introduced legislation that would grant law enforcement officer retirement benefits to CBP Seized Property Specialists.
Last week, Sen. Corry Booker (D-NJ) introduced S. 2946, the “Law Enforcement Officers Equity Act,” that would grant law enforcement officer (LEO) retirement benefits to Seized Property Specialists at Customs and Border Protection (CBP). NTEU strongly supports this legislation and sent Sen. Booker the attached letter of support.
In a letter of support, NTEU National noted that armed, uniformed CBP Seized Property Specialists are responsible and accountable for accepting, securing, storing, maintaining and disposing of seized personal and real property, including controlled substances, currency and firearms, by CBP Officers, CBP Border Patrol Agents and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents.
On December 26, 2007, the President signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008 that included an enhanced retirement benefit for CBP Officers. The enhanced retirement benefit (Section 535 of the Act) is similar to that provided for law enforcement officers. CBP Seized Property Specialists comply with the same qualification standards and requirements as CBP Officers do, including 24 hour carry firearms authority. CBP Seized Property Specialists, however, were not covered by the new CBP Officer enhanced retirement benefit. This bill would remedy that inequity.
NTEU will work with Sen. Booker and our other supporters in the Senate to push for passage of this important legislation to provide well-deserved LEO retirement benefits to CBP Seized Property Specialists. For more information and to see what you can do, please visit http://capwiz.com/nteu/home/.