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 Leads Bipartisan Effort to Protect Law Enforcement from Fentanyl Exposure
Senator’s PREVENT Act to equip and train Customs and Border Protection agents with adequate safety tools Continuing his push to strengthen border security and crack down on fentanyl trafficking, U.S. Senator Jon Tester this week introduced his bipartisan Prevent Exposure to Narcotics and...
Tester, Collins’ Bipartisan Bill to Support First Responders Passes Senate, Headed to President’s Desk
Bipartisan First Responders Fair RETIRE Act will support federal fire fighters, law enforcement officers, first responders injured in the line of duty After an aggressive push from U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), their bipartisan First Responders Fair Return for...
Tester Meets with Montana Law Enforcement Officials to Discuss Public Safety, Early Childhood Programs
Senator: “I’m proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with local law enforcement officers who protect our kids and our communities every day” U.S. Senator Jon Tester today met with Beaverhead County Attorney Jed Fitch, and Lewis and Clark County Sheriff...