From: The Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton
Bill: H.R. 2180
Assist Local Law Enforcement in Carrying Out President Obama’s Recommendations
Strengthen Ties Between Police and the Communities They Protect
Cosponsors: Chu, Cummings, Takano, McNerney, Lee
I invite you to cosponsor the Local Task Forces on 21st Century Policing Act (H.R. 2180), which would assist localities in carrying out some of the recommendations from President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing and the Department of Justice’s
(DOJ) Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, both of which detail the need to strengthen the relationship between local communities and local law enforcement.
The bill would provide grants to local police departments to create local task forces on 21st century policing, bringing law enforcement, community leaders, and public officials together to identify issues in their own communities, best policing practices for local police, and other ways to strengthen relationships between the community and police departments. Existing funds from the DOJ’s Grant Program would support local governments in establishing the task forces.
Each locally created task force would allow local communities to identify the best ways to create an effective partnership between local law enforcement and the communities they serve while reducing crime and increasing trust. The task forces would serve
as a resource to address racial profiling by creating a partnership that encourages each party to take ownership of the issues and then proceeding to implement practical policing practices acceptable to all concerned.
The creation of task forces would be an important step toward easing the tensions between local law enforcement and the community, getting to the urgent task of seeking remedies. In addition, the task forces would serve to engage local law enforcement and
local stakeholders in a transparent public process instead of simply on the streets when incidents occur.
I urge your support for this bill, which will help strengthen relationships between law enforcement and the community members they are sworn to protect who need good policing. If you would like to become a cosponsor or have any questions, please contact
Meagan Hatcher-Mays in my office at X5-8050 or
Eleanor Holmes Norton