Barr Announces Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement

January 22, 2020 — On Wednesday, Attorney General William P. Barr announced the establishment of the Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice. Formed as a result of an Executive Order signed by President Donald J. Trump in October 2019, the commission will explore "modern issues affecting law enforcement that most impact the ability of American policing to reduce crime," stated a Department of Justice press release.

According to the DOJ, the Executive Order recommends a number of subject areas for study, including:

• The challenges to law enforcement associated with mental illness, homelessness, substance abuse, and other social factors that influence crime and strain criminal justice resources;

• The recruitment, hiring, training, and retention of law enforcement officers, including in rural and tribal communities;

• Refusals by state and local prosecutors to enforce laws or prosecute categories of crimes;

• The need to promote public confidence and respect for the law and law enforcement officers; and

• The effects of technological innovations on law enforcement and the criminal justice system, including the challenges and opportunities presented by such innovations.

Commissioners will meet monthly for a year, engaging in a series of hearings, panel presentations, field visits, and other public meetings.

Members of the commission include police chiefs, state prosecutors, county sheriffs, rural law enforcement, federal agents, U.S. Attorneys, and a state attorney general. The commission will be chaired by Phil Keith, Director of Community Oriented Policing Services.

You can read the full press release here.

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