Law Enforcement & Public Safety

Jon is a tireless advocate for Montana’s law enforcement and first responders, and he’ll always fight to get them the funding and resources they need to keep our families and communities safe.

As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Jon has consistently secured funding to beef up border security and to support law enforcement agencies at the local, state, and federal level. During the pandemic, Jon secured $1.25 billion in direct relief through the American Rescue Plan Act to keep critical services like cops and firefighters on the beat.

Jon is also pushing bipartisan legislation to ensure our first responders get the pay and benefits they deserve. His First Responder Fair RETIRE Act would allow federal first responders with dangerous jobs—including federal law enforcement officers, CBP officers, and firefighters—to keep their retirement benefits if they are injured on the job and return to work in an administrative position. Jon also supports legislation to give Border Patrol agents the pay raise they deserve, to create a streamlined grant program for smaller law enforcement agencies, and to provide law enforcement officers with more tools so they can better respond to individuals in a mental health crisis.

To help protect our kids and communities from dangerous drugs, Jon introduced his bipartisan ANTI Drug Act to increase funding for anti-drug trafficking taskforces and support local efforts to combat drug trafficking across Montana.

Jon will always fiercely defend the folks who work their tails off to keep us safe.

Tester Urges Senate Colleagues to Better Support Tribal Law Enforcement
Senators in letter to colleagues: “Tribal communities are experiencing a major uptick in violent and drug-related crime that can only be described as a crisis” As part of his continued push to address the public safety crisis facing Indian Country, U.S. Senator...
Tester Works to Support Montana Law Enforcement, Leads Senate Resolution Honoring National Police Week
Senator continues to lead bipartisan efforts to recruit and retain officers, combat fentanyl trafficking, hold criminals accountable, and keep Montana safe As part of his continued efforts to support law enforcement officers and keep Montana communities safe, U.S. Senator Jon...
Tester Backs Laken Riley Act to Hold Criminals Accountable and Keep Montana Safe
Senator breaks from his party, supports legislation that will require ICE apprehend illegal immigrants who commit a crime As part of his continued efforts to secure the southern border and keep Montana communities safe, U.S. Senator Jon Tester today officially...