Rosen-Backed Bipartisan Bill to Hire and Retain More Police Officers Heads to the President’s Desk

Rosen Helped Pass This Bipartisan Bill In The Senate Last Year To Address The Nationwide Police Officer Shortage

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) announced that bipartisan legislation she joined and helped pass in the Senate to address the police officer shortage has passed the House of Representatives and is headed to the President’s desk. The bipartisan Recruit and Retain Act would establish a federal pipeline program to support increased collaboration between local police departments and schools to help facilitate recruitment activities and encourage young people to enter careers in law enforcement. This bipartisan legislation would also expand the existing COPS Hiring Program to help cover local police departments’ recruiting and onboarding costs.

“As I’ve met with law enforcement officials across Nevada, they’ve consistently told me one of the biggest challenges they’re facing is the dire shortage of officers and support staff,” said Senator Rosen. “That’s why I’ve been working across the aisle to pass this bipartisan legislation to help local departments recruit and retain more officers, and I’m glad to see that it’s on its way to becoming law. I’ll keep fighting to deliver the funding and resources for law enforcement agencies to make Nevada communities safer.”

Senator Rosen has been a strong supporter of ensuring Nevada’s law enforcement community has the resources needed to fight crime and keep communities safe. Earlier this year, she secured over $7 million for law enforcement projects across Nevada through the Fiscal Year 2024 government funding bill. Last year, Senator Rosen secured millions for law enforcement and first responders in the 2023 funding bill, ensuring these critical funds were delivered to communities across the state. She also introduced bipartisan legislation that would help determine best practices for identifying and treating post-traumatic stress and combating suicide among police and first responders.