Fire Service and Law Enforcement

Congressman Hoyer has been a champion for firefighters, law enforcement and other first responders. He has fought to ensure that these brave men and women are provided with adequate resources to keep our communities safe and has worked to address the quality of life issues that are unique to those who protect us.

Working closely with firefighters from Maryland and around the country, Congressman Hoyer helped establish the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, which helps equip and train local fire and EMS departments throughout the country. Over $15 million has been awarded to Fifth District fire departments since the program's creation in 2001. He also helped establish the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program, which enables career and volunteer fire departments to hire new firefighters, recruit and retain volunteers, and provide relief to the thousands of local fire stations across the country short of staff.

He has also worked to ensure our local police departments have the equipment necessary to fight crime and protect our communities.  Working with his Washington Metropolitan Area colleagues, Congressman Hoyer has spearheaded the effort to combat the gang problem in Prince George's and Montgomery Counties by helping establish and fund the Joint County Task Force. Congressman Hoyer also supported the COPS Hiring Recovery Program, which has strong support from Fifth District Police Departments. 

Hoyer Attends Charles County National Night Out Event

WHITE PLAINS, MD – This evening, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) attended Charles County National Night Out, where he spoke with Fifth District families and law enforcement officials about the importance of community building and protecting the safety of Charles County residents.

Hoyer Celebrates House Passage of Appropriations Package for Fifth District Families

Today, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) praised the House passage of H.R. 4502, a funding package of seven Fiscal Year 2022 appropriations bills, including: Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education; Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration; Energy and Water Development; Financial Services and General Government; Interior and Environment; Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Transportation and Housing and Urban Development.

Montgomery and Prince George’s County Congressional Delegation Announce More Than $375,000 in American Rescue Plan Funding to Support Fire and EMS Departments in COVID-19 Recovery

Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05), Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Congressmen Jamie Raskin (MD-08) and David Trone (MD-06) today announced $378,753 in American Rescue Plan funding for fire and emergency rescue departments across Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.

Hoyer, Cardin, Van Hollen, Brown Announce Nearly $4 Million for Prince George’s County Fire and EMS Department’s Office of Minority Health

Today, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05), Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Congressman Anthony Brown (MD-04) joined in applauding the announcement of $3,999,807 in funding for the Prince George’s County Fire and EMS Department’s Office of Minority Health.

Hoyer, Brown Applaud Fire Prevention Funding for Prince George’s County

Today, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) and Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04) applauded the inclusion of $1.35 million in funding for water tanks to assist the Prince George’s County Fire and EMS Department as part of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration Fiscal Year 2022 appropriations bill.

Hoyer Statement Following Meeting with Prince George’s County Police Chief Malik Aziz

At a time when police departments around the nation are working to stamp out systemic bias and ensure our officers have the tools they need to effectively protect the communities they serve, I was pleased to meet with Prince George’s County Police Chief Malik Aziz. During our conversation, Chief Aziz reaffirmed his pledge to address the most pressing issues facing his department, including a particular focus on community-policing, rebuilding officer morale, and reducing crime in Prince George’s County.

NEWSLETTER: The Justice in Policing Act

Yesterday I was proud to stand with my colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus and introduce the Justice in Policing Act, critical legislation to bring transparency and accountability to our police departments, improve police training and practices, and address systemic racial discrimination.