House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) released the following statements prior to the hearing:

Chairman Goodlatte: “Local law enforcement officers are the first line of defense in our neighborhoods and communities, making sure that our streets are safe, the most helpless in our communities are protected, and those who commit crimes are brought to justice. These brave men and women selflessly give their time and sometimes their lives to ensure the protection of their fellow citizens.

“Next week, as we mark Police Week, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing to highlight the vital role law enforcement plays in communities across our country and will look at the latest strategies and technologies available to our officers. It is our job as Members of Congress to ensure our police officers have resources at their disposal to continue serving to the best of their abilities.”

Subcommittee Chairman Gowdy: “Law enforcement officers dedicate their lives to the precept which undergirds our country, our way of life, and our republic – respect for and adherence to the rule of law. They courageously propel themselves toward danger while others have the luxury of running from it, and they fight for the safety of others while putting their own lives at risk.

“Next week as we celebrate National Police Week, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing to highlight the challenges our law enforcement officers face each and every day. I look forward to hearing from our witnesses and further examining ways in which Congress can best support our law enforcement officers all around the country.”

Witnesses

Name Occupation Organization Testimony Truth in Testimony
Sheriff Jim McDonnell Sheriff Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
    Chief Alonzo Thompson Chief of Police Spartanburg Police Department
      Mr. Chuck Canterbury National President Fraternal Order of Police
        Chief Art Acevedo Chief of Police City of Houston