NAPO Joins Senator Leahy on Capitol Hill to Endorse Eric Holder for US Attorney General

Legislative Update


NAPO, joined by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy of Vermont and representatives of the nation’s leading law enforcement and criminal justice organizations, held a press conference on Capitol Hill on January 8, 2009, to endorse Eric Holder for U.S. Attorney General.  NAPO hosted the news conference as part of an effort to urge Congress to confirm Mr. Holder as the next Attorney General.

“As the top law enforcement official in the nation, the Attorney General sets the policies for how the federal government relates to and works with state and local law enforcement,” stated NAPO President Tom Nee.  “NAPO believes Mr. Holder has the experience and knowledge necessary to run the Department of Justice and create a comprehensive, multilateral national crime fighting strategy in which state and local law enforcement and criminal justice sectors play key roles.”

Standing up with NAPO in support of Mr. Holder at the press conference  was the leadership of the following organizations:  the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, the National Sheriffs Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Union of Police Associations, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, the National Narcotics Officers’ Associations’ Coalition,  the National District Attorneys’ Association, and the National Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys.

Tom Nee closed the press conference noting that it has been a long time since there has been such support for rank and file officers as is promised by the new administration, and noted how important it is to bring these law enforcement and criminal justice organizations together to speak with one voice. 

Mr. Holder’s confirmation hearing is set to begin on January 15, 2009.  To read Tom Nee’s entire statement to the press, please click here.