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"As a law enforcement officer for more than 13 years, I committed myself to fairly and compassionately enforcing the laws enacted by our elected officials. In Congress, I will use that experience to enact laws that bring much-needed change to our criminal justice and penitentiary systems, which often fail to help those who most need our support."

The United States ranks first among all nations with the largest percent of citizens incarcerated, and Louisiana consistently has the highest crime rates in the United States, as well as one of the highest rates of recidivism.

With both low high school graduation rates and a median income level well below the national average contributing to a high rate of poverty, Louisiana shows just why poverty should not be punished.

For too long our judicial system has punished the less fortunate for crimes of survival. The penitentiary system was never designed to be a punishment – it was instead intended to be a means of rehabilitation, providing a penitent person the means to become a productive member of society.

I will continue to strongly advocate for the much-needed reform of America’s prisons.

Additionally, I am committed to promoting programs that build communities’ trust in local law enforcement. Attacks on police have sharply increased in recent years, and in 2016 Louisiana ranked third in police fatalities nationwide.

To keep our communities safe, this matter must be addressed from all sides, by patriot Americans of every color and creed. In the U.S. House of Representatives, I will be a loud voice for my brothers of the thin blue line and their families, who sacrifice so much to protect and serve. 

 

 

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May 16, 2018 Speech

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) spoke on the House floor in support of H.R. 5242, the School Resource Officer Assessment Act. The bill is the first of Congressman Higgins' two school safety bills to advance for floor consideration.

Congressman Higgins’ remarks are below:

May 15, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives passed Congressman Higgins’ bill, H.R. 5242 the School Resource Officer Assessment Act, today during National Police Week. The bill directs the U.S. Attorney General and Secretary of Education to compile data regarding the number and status of school resource officers assigned to public schools across America.

May 1, 2018 In The News

U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins recently submitted two bills to Congress that would change the landscape of school security for the country’s 95,230 public schools.

House Resolution 5242 calls for collecting data on current school resource officers nationwide, while House Resolution 5523 requests the Department of Justice to create a set of tactical “best practices” for school resource officers. The combined legislation would create a new classification, “Tactical School Resource Officer.” 

May 1, 2018 In The News

Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) hosted a school safety roundtable today with representatives from school districts and law enforcement agencies across Louisiana's 3rd District.

April 30, 2018 In The News

Higgins spoke with KPLC to preview a meeting on school safety Tuesday in Lafayette.

"It's apart of the national narrative as it should be," Higgins said.

Higgins said he'll be taking a step back, and listening to school and law enforcement officials from throughout the state, getting ideas he can take back to Washington.

One idea that's been circulating recently is the possibility of arming teachers.

Higgins said decisions like that should be made at the local and state level.

April 10, 2018 In The News

U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins envisions a future with a new class of police officers working in the nation’s schools.

Higgins said these would be Tactical School Resource Officers, or TSROs. His idea is to place approximately 200,000 of them — two per school — on the job, at a potential cost of up to $10 billion per year.

March 28, 2018 In The News

Congressman Clay Higgins was in town today, and stopped by KATC to talk about two bills he has introduced aimed at improving school security.

March 14, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4909, the Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018, which provides funding for violence prevention training, improved school security technology, and greater coordination with law enforcement.

March 9, 2018 In The News

US Representative Clay Higgins is proposing two bills aimed at investigating and improving the quality of law enforcement protection at public schools. After the revelation that the school resource officer present at the Florida shooting fled, Higgins says it’s time to reevaluate just who is charged with protecting students.

“It mandates a nationwide cultural change in our schools regarding protecting our children in the schools.”

Higgins says the bill would give policymakers a comprehensive look at just how schools are being secured.

March 8, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) has introduced H.R. 5242, the School Resource Officer Assessment Act of 2018, and H.R. 5523, the School Watch and Tactics (SWAT) Act of 2018, two bills which examine and strengthen school safety standards across the nation.

The School Resource Officer Assessment Act directs the U.S. Attorney General and Secretary of Education to gather data regarding the number and status of school resource officers assigned to each public school.