FW: WH pool report #2

From: Matt Viser [mailto:xxx@email.com]
Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 3:11 PM
To: Velz, Peter T. EOP/WHO
Subject: WH pool report #2

POTUS is meeting with a range of people at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building this afternoon to discuss community policing and criminal justice. We expect to go in for a pool spray at the bottom of the meeting.

In the meantime, here is some background provided to the pool on who is taking part in the meeting, as well as past administration actions.

Background from a White House official:

The President is convening individuals from around the country – including activists, civil rights, faith, law enforcement and elected leaders – to have a conversation about ways we can keep people safe, build community trust, and ensure justice for all Americans. The following individuals are taking part in today’s meeting:

Administration Officials

·         Attorney General Loretta Lynch

·         Neil Eggleston, Assistant to the President and Counsel to the President

·         Broderick Johnson, Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary

·         Cecilia Muñoz, Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council

·         Ron Davis, Director, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Department of Justice

·         Vanita Gupta, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice


·         Chief Todd Axtell, Chief of Police, St. Paul, MN

·         Mayor Ras Baraka, Mayor, Newark, NJ

·         Chief Charlie Beck, Chief of Police, Los Angeles Police Department

·         Governor John Bel Edwards, Governor, Louisiana

·         Cornell Brooks, President, NAACP

·         Judith Brown Dianis, Co-Director, Advancement Project

·         Chief John Carli, Chief of Police, Vacaville, CA

·         Mayor Chris Coleman, Mayor, Saint Paul, MN

·         Dawn Collins, Community Organizer, Baton Rogue

·         Terry Cunningham, President, International Association of Chiefs of Police

·         Colonel Michael D. Edmonson, Superintendent of Police, Louisiana State Police

·         Chief Dean Esserman, Chief of Police, New Haven, CT

·         Roland Fryer, Henry Lee Professor of Economics, Harvard University

·         Mayor Eric Garcetti, Mayor, Los Angeles, CA

·         Mica Grimm, Activist, Black Lives Matter Minnesota

·         Reverend Frederick Haynes, Pastor, Friendship-West Baptist Church

·         Wade Henderson, President and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund

·         Sherillyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

·         Senator J.B. Jennings, Senate Minority Leader, Maryland State Senate

·         Michael McHale, President, National Association of Police Organizations

·         DeRay McKesson, Co-Founder, Campaign Zero

·         Chief Cameron McLay, Chief of Police, Pittsburgh, PA

·         Marc Morial, President, the National Urban League

·         Sam Olens, Attorney General, Georgia

·         Brittany Packnett, President's Taskforce on 21st Century Policing

·         Jim Pasco, Executive Director, National Fraternal Order of Police

·         Charles Ramsey, President's Taskforce on 21st Century Policing

·         Laurie Robinson, President's Taskforce on 21st Century Policing

·         Rashad Robinson, Executive Director, Color of Change

·         Reverend Al Sharpton, President, National Action Network

·         Bryan Stevenson, President's Taskforce on 21st Century Policing

·         Mayor Tom Tait, Mayor, Anaheim, CA

·         Maria Teresa Kumar, President and CEO, Voto Latino

Administration actions to support community policing:

·          In December 2014, the President created the Task Force on 21st Century Policing to strengthen trust between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve and protect while enhancing public safety. In March 2015, the Task Force released a report with 60 concrete recommendations based around six pillars: Building Trust and Legitimacy, Policy and Oversight, Technology and Social Media, Community Policing and Crime Reduction, Training and Education, and Officer Wellness and Safety.  Since that time, the Administration has made changes at the federal level in response to the report, awarded new grants tied to specific recommendations, and been engaged with law enforcement agencies across the country on ways to put the Task Force’s report into practice.

·          In June 2016, Attorney General Lynch concluded the second phase of her Community Policing tour, visiting six jurisdictions around the country to build on the President’s commitment to engage with law enforcement and other members of the community to implement key recommendations from the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing final report.

·          In June 2016, the White House began a series of briefings for nearly 500 law enforcement officials to provide an update on the Task Force recommendations with a focus on open data, officer safety and wellness, implicit bias training, and social media training. More than 5,000 law enforcement personnel have attended training or educational sessions on the task force report itself, and approximately 80,000 officers have received training on topics recommended by the task force such as fair and impartial policing and procedural justice. At least 36 state and territorial peace officer standards and training (POST) commissions are reviewing their training curricula based on the task force report, with 38 known to have started making changes based on the recommendations. In addition, 12 statewide law enforcement executive associations or state attorneys general have adopted policies based on or related to the report.

·          In June 2016, the White House launched the Data Driven Justice Initiative, a coalition of 67 city, county and State governments who have committed to using data-driven strategies to divert low-level offenders and change approaches to pre-trial incarceration.

·          In May 2015, the White House launched the Police Data Initiative to help law enforcement build a dialogue with the community and build trust and accountability through transparency. Law enforcement agencies participating in the initiative are all working toward releasing open-data on policing activities. To date, 57 jurisdictions have committed and released 140 data sets.

·          In 2011, Attorney General Eric Holder established the Officer Safety Working Group in response to concerns about an increase in Officer deaths and injuries. The working group also focused on ways to create a culture of safety and wellness within police departments across the country.

·          Since 2009, the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office has awarded just over $2 billion for the addition of almost 11,000 community policing officers to the field.

·          In fiscal year 2015, the Bureau of Justice Assistance provided $246 million of critical Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funding to state, local and tribal governments.  The JAG Program is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions and supports a range of program areas including law enforcement.

·          In December 2014, the President announced a three year $263 million initiative to expand funding and training to law enforcement agencies to advance community policing initiatives.  The proposal includes a $75 million investment over three years that could help purchase 50,000 body-worn cameras.  To date, the Department of Justice has awarded 73 body-worn camera grants, effectively putting nearly 21,000 body-worn cameras on the street. In May 2015, the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) released an online toolkit to help communities implement body-worn camera programs.

·          BJA’s Smart Policing Initiative partners with law enforcement agencies and researchers to use evidence-based practices to address local crime problems.  So far the Bureau of Justice Assistance has funded 53 Smart Policing sites.

·         The President’s FY17 Budget provides $500 million per year over 10 years—a $5 billion investment—for a new 21st Century Justice Initiative. The program will focus on achieving three objectives: reducing violent crime; reversing practices that have led to unnecessarily long sentences and unnecessary incarceration; and building community trust.

·         The President’s FY17 Budget provides $97 million to expand training and oversight for local law enforcement, increase the use of body worn cameras, provide additional opportunities for police department reform, and facilitate community and law enforcement engagement in 10 pilot sites, with additional technical assistance and training for dozens of communities and police departments across the Nation.

Examples of Task Force implementation in communities across the country:

·         Relying on the Task Force report, Illinois became one of the first states to establish law enforcement rules for body-worn cameras, bias-free policing training, and improved data collection on stops and arrests. This law took effect in January 2016. Illinois has also joined the Data-Driven Justice Initiative.

·         The Missouri POST Commission modeled its new training standards on recommendations included in the Task Force report. The new training will focus on fair and impartial policing practices, crisis management and critical thinking, handling persons with mental illness, and officer safety and well-being. The POST Commission also issued a number of additional new regulations, including advanced continuing education classes on implicit bias recognition and de-escalation techniques.

·         The Los Angeles, CA Police Department (LAPD) developed a formal report card to address gaps between current practices and the Task Force recommendations. The LAPD also trained all command staff on fair and impartial policing and de-escalation, established a community relationships division, and is developing a community feedback survey. LAPD is also part of the Police Data Initiative.

·         The Metropolitan Nashville, TN Police Department (MNPD) initiated a department wide conversation with its 1,900 employees concerning the Task Force report. MNPD leadership formed a cross-departmental steering committee of individuals known for independent thought and willingness to engage with other employees. The steering committee will solicit input on how the MNPD should move forward to accomplish the Task Force goals.

·         The Knoxville, TN Police Department began providing Crisis Intervention Training to all its academy recruits, focused on de-escalation, and effective communication. Knoxville PD participates in an early diversion program with a mental health provider, and officers do proactive visits with people with mental illness so officers get to know people when they are not in crisis. Knoxville PD has seen a decrease in officer use of force, pursuits, and has not had an officer involved shooting since July 2014. Knoxville is also part of both the Data-Driven Justice and Police Data Initiatives.

·         Convened by the chief judge of the county, Bexar, TX created a working group including the San Antonio Police Department, Bexar Sheriff, the county Behavioral Health department, and local hospital and health care providers. Together, the group created the Crisis Care Center and Restoration Center, an alternate location for police to divert people with mental illness and substance abuse. The Crisis Care Center sees about 2,200 people per month or 26,000 people per year who used to go to jails or emergency rooms or return to the streets.   Prior to the Crisis Care Center and the Restoration Center, law enforcement officers spent an average of 12 to 14 hours in emergency rooms waiting on psychiatric evaluations. Officers now wait about 15 minutes. The county estimates it saves more than $10 million per year on averted jail costs and emergency room costs. Bexar is also part of the Data-Driven Justice Initiative.

·         For more local progress, please see the Task Force recommendations implementation map, available HERE.

Matt Viser

The Boston Globe, Washington bureau

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