On December 18, 2014,
President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order establishing the
President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The
White House and the
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) took notable steps towards discussing and sharing strategies for implementing the recommendations outlined by the task force to enhance public safety while building trust.
Police chiefs, sheriffs, mayors, community leaders and other law enforcement professionals, representing more than 40 cities, rolled up their sleeves to identify best practices and document implementation strategies to build community policing efforts and help make the streets of America safer. The scope was aimed at building trust, reducing bias and helping law enforcement transform their agencies into departments that live up to the expectations of their communities. The Task Force Members sought expertise from stakeholders and input from the public through Listening Sessions, teleconferences and written comments as they worked to identify best practices and make recommendations to the President.
In making their recommendations, the Task Force recognized that “trust between law enforcement agencies and the people they protect and serve is essential in a democracy. It is key to the stability of our communities, the integrity of our criminal justice system, and the safe and effective delivery of policing services.”
The Task Force submitted an initial report to the President on March 2, 2015 and released the final report on May 18, 2015. The 59 recommendations proposed by the Task Force were organized around six Task Force pillars as outlined within our document.