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. 

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.

Hoyer Statement on Police Week

This Police Week, I join in thanking the law enforcement officers and first responders serving our communities on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.

Hoyer Statement on the Police Shooting in Temple Hills

As citizens, we hold the men and women who protect our communities to the highest standard, and I strongly agree with Chief Hank Stawinski that ‘there are no circumstances under which this outcome is acceptable.’

Hoyer Meets with Maryland Firefighters and Paramedics

I appreciated the opportunity to meet with career Maryland firefighters and paramedics today to reaffirm my strong commitment to ensuring they have the tools they need to keep our communities safe.