NAPO Meets with White House Counterterrorism and Homeland Security Team

On March 16, 2009, NAPO was summoned to the White House by the Assistant to the President for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security to review ways to reform the White House organization for counterterrorism and homeland security.  NAPO President Tom Nee and Executive Director Bill Johnson attended the meeting on behalf of NAPO.

 

NAPO was the sole rank and file law enforcement group invited to meet with the White House counterterrorism and homeland security team.  NAPO was joined at the meeting by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Major City Chiefs Association, and the National Sheriffs Association.   Tom Nee and Bill Johnson used this opportunity to push the White House to provide more resources, funding and support to state and local law enforcement for homeland security and counterterrorism.

 

State and local law enforcement are our nation’s first responders and play a crucial role in the government’s efforts to protect the homeland.  As such, the federal government needs to aid state and local governments with funding law enforcement counterterrorism efforts and provide and share intelligence with state and local law enforcement.  Local governments have been responsible for too much of the cost and burden of federally-mandated anti-terrorism duties.  At a time when local governments cannot even afford to retain a whole police force, it is unconscionable to expect them to foot the bill for national security.

 

This meeting is just one of many in which NAPO will be asked to provide guidance on White House and administration policy that concerns law enforcement.