A bipartisan group of 18 senators are teaming up to form the new Senate Law Enforcement Caucus to educate and inform senators and staff about programs and initiatives that are keeping our communities safe, while advocating for policies and resources law enforcement agencies need to carry out their missions.

U.S. Sens. Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), co-chairs of the new caucus, made the announcement at an event in the Capitol on Tuesday. Founding members of the caucus include Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Mark Kirk (R-IL), John Boozman (R-Ark.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.).

“When it comes to budgetary matters, I’ve repeatedly said that everything must be on the table,” said Chambliss. “However, as Congress makes these difficult decisions, we need to be sure we do so in a way that doesn’t unnecessarily endanger public safety. Law enforcement officers place their lives on the line every day for Georgians, and we are eternally grateful for their hard work and selflessness. We need to make sure they have the resources they need to do their sworn duty. Through this caucus, I will do all I can to support their work, whether advocating on their behalf in Washington or strengthening relationships among local, state, and federal agencies.”

The Law Enforcement Caucus will primarily serve as a forum for officials, community groups, and other stakeholders to meet with legislators, staff and one another to share experiences and develop strategies for fostering effective law enforcement. It will highlight ways in which the federal government can better assist agencies at the state and local level, and will help circulate proven best practices in administering law enforcement programs during a time of severely limited budgets.

The goals of the caucus are to:Raise awareness and support for beneficial law enforcement and criminal justice initiatives in the Senate

  • Reinforce the federal commitment to assisting state and local law enforcement agencies in the performance of their duties
  • Strengthen working partnerships among national, state and local law enforcement agencies
  • Facilitate an exchange and debate of information, ideas, and concerns within law enforcement
  • Promote an inclusive and collaborative approach to combating crime and promoting community safety
  • Advocate policies and measures that emphasize and enhance officer safety
  • Highlight and promote professional careers in law enforcement