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Potus held a meeting in the Oval Office with senior officials to discuss “concrete recommendations” for improving the safety and training of police officers in the wake of the Dallas and Baton Rouge shootings.
Also present were Loretta Lynch, attorney general, James Comey, director of the FBI, Jeh Johnson, secretary of homeland security, Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to the president, Neil Eggleston, White House counsel and Cecilia Munoz, director of White House domestic policy counsel.
“As I said the other night, it is a reminder of the extraordinary risks they are taking every single day to protect us.”
“I strongly believe that there is no contradiction between us protecting our officers and honouring our officers and making sure that they have all the tools they need to do their job and building trust between police officers and departments and the communities that they serve. In fact, these things are complimentary.”
“We do have a toolkit of best practices, training and resources and equipment that can help police departments protect their officers and make sure that they can do their jobs.”
Potus said there was a big demand from police departments for “training for safety, de-escalation and dealing with active shooter cases” which could not always be funded from their own resources.
Although large numbers of police departments had bullet-proof vests for all their officers on patrol, he also said there were still shortages of vests in a number of places.
“We have a lot of work to do,” he said. “This is not going to be something we can do just from this office, or from the Department of Justice or the Department of Homeland Security. This is something that is going to have to be bottom-up.”
Potus declined to answer questions about whether Melania Trump had plagiarized elements of Flotus 2008 speech last night.
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