Police Commissions: What You Need to Learn
So, the fact that Donald Trump established a commission specifically to evaluate and produce a report on American Policing might have slipped past you. Now, what exactly is a Police Commission, you may ask? Let me clue you in.
The President of the US can, by executive order, assemble a group of people with the intent to gather information on current police practice and recommendations for how policing in America should progress moving forward. Some well-known commissions were put together by President Lyndon B. Johnson, which helped establish a national crime victimization survey, called for improved training and professionalism, and formed the idea of the national 911 emergency call system.
In 2014, after the controversial death of 18 year old Michael Brown, Jr., President Barack Obama created his ‘Task Force on 21st Century Policing’ to open conversation about law enforcement in the current climate. The panel was composed of experts and activists, and other individuals with relevant backgrounds. Some of the most important recommendations in policing history have come from their report, such as outlining use-of-force procedures,…