“Americans believe we must support the brave men and women in blue who police our streets and keep us safe. Americans also believe we must improve accountability, increase transparency, and invest more resources in police training, recruiting, and community engagement. Reducing crime and raising standards are not opposite goals, they are not mutually exclusive; they work together. They all work together.” – President Donald J. Trump
“This truly unprecedented Executive Order on policing signed by President Trump is a significant step in the right direction to help restore the public trust in law enforcement just weeks after the death of George Floyd. When the Black community demanded action, the White House listened and responded with action that will make a difference and bring about the meaningful change and best practices we can all support.” – Paris Dennard, RNC Senior Communications Advisor for Black Media Affairs
After listening to Black and faith community leaders, advocates, as well as law enforcement organizations, President Trump showing leadership by prioritizing law, order, fairness, and justice, in practical ways through his latest Executive Order that encourages law enforcement agencies to implement best practices and protect the communities they serve in four major ways:
Certification and Credentialing: Police Departments will be incentivized to provide de-escalation training, build early warning systems to identify personnel issues through a nationwide database to track terminations, criminal convictions, and civil judgments against law enforcement officers, and reform use-of-force standards, including where these policies should include a prohibition on the use of chokeholds except in those situations where deadly force is allowed by law.
Information Sharing: Transparency leads to accountability. Police Departments will be required to report on cases of officers engaging in excessive force that have been fully adjudicated in order to receive federal grants.
Mental Health, Homelessness, and Addiction: The DOJ and HHS will promote co-responder programs that pair police and social workers, providing law enforcement additional resources for challenging encounters.
Legislation and Additional Grant Programs: The Trump administration will work with Congress to provide additional resources to recruit and retain the best officers, more programs to build up community relationships, and offer mental health services for officers.
President Trump Continues to Take Action Uniting our Nation and Ensuring Safer Communities for all Americans.
Prior to today’s historic action President Trump met with the families of Ahmaud Arbery, Botham Jean, Antwon Rose, Jemel Roberson, Atatiana Jefferson, Michael Dean, Darius Tarver, Cameron Lamb, and Everett Palmer.
“Many of these families lost their loved ones in deadly interactions with police. To all of the hurting families, I want you to know that all Americans mourn by your side. Your loved ones will not have died in vain. We are one nation. We grieve together, and we heal together. I can never imagine your pain or the depth of your anguish, but I can promise to fight for justice for all of our people.”- President Donald J. Trump
Today’s action is a continuation of President Trump’s focus on revitalizing communities.
President Trump signed the First Step Act into law, is creating opportunity through second chance hiring and opportunity zones.
Last year, the President established the Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice, examining how to improve community relations between the public and law enforcement.
President Trump revitalized Project Safe Neighborhoods to help reduce violent crime in communities all around the country.
Thanks to the President’s efforts, both the violent crime rate and murder rate in America have fallen for two consecutive years.
Real community revitalization comes with equal opportunity for all, and that starts with a quality education. This is why President Trump continues to champion school choice.
What is Joe Biden doing today? His campaign, which likes to bail out rioters who set fire to Black communities all over America, scheduled a virtual event on climate change Tuesday evening.