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From: Andrew BEATTY
Date:27/10/2015 12:20 (GMT-05:00)
To: Jessica Allen
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Subject: Travel pool report 1

POTUS arrived to an chilly, overcast and rather busy Joint Base Andrews at 12:10, around 20 mins late.

Fighter jets have been darting about the argent grey sky above the base for much of the morning. As you might expect, the activity stopped well before POTUS touched down on Marine One.

He exited the helicopter and strode over Air Force One. He was followed by Eric Schultz,  David Simas, Valerie Jarrett and others.

POTUS got to the bottom of the steps, saluted an officer and jogged up.

At 12:20 the plane is rolling. Next stop Chicago, Illinois.

For those interested, lunch on the plane is a beef burger with jalapeño cream cheese and.. dun, dun, duuun... THICK CUT BACON.

Here is some background on the day ahead from a White House official.

Tomorrow, the President will address the International Association of Chiefs of Police at the 122nd Annual IACP Conference and Exposition in Chicago, Illinois.   This is the largest gathering of law enforcement leaders in the world with more than 14,000 public safety professionals and 700 exhibiting companies.  The IACP has played a prominent role in furthering many of the Administration’s criminal justice efforts, and the President will join more than 75 administration officials, including U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who are participating in the IACP Conference this year.

In his remarks, the President will thank the law enforcement leaders for the sacrifices they make and the work they do each day to keep our communities safe.  Additionally, he will continue to push for criminal justice reforms that will make the system smarter, more effective, and more fair, while addressing the need for commonsense gun safety reforms because the problem of gun violence is all too familiar to our Nation’s police officers and is a critical threat to public safety and their safety.

In connection with the IACP event, the Department of Justice will release the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing Implementation Guide, a new guidebook to assist local leaders in implementing the Task Force’s recommendations and provide specific guidance on how to reduce crime while building community trust. The creation of the guidebook came at the request of over 100 local leaders, including law enforcement leaders, that convened in Washington, D.C. on July 23, 2015 for the White House Forum on Community Policing. The Attorney General will also announce phase two of the Justice Department’s Community Policing Tour.  Phase two will specifically focus on jurisdictions that are effectively implementing the 21st Century Policing recommendations.

The President’s address tomorrow at the annual IACP conference builds on his efforts to meet with Americans who are working to improve the criminal justice system, from law enforcement officials working to lower the crime and incarceration rates, to former prisoners who are earning their second chance.  Last week, the President traveled to Charleston, West Virginia, to discuss the prescription drug and heroin abuse epidemic and to discuss local, state and federal efforts as well as private sector efforts to address this epidemic. He also participated in a panel discussion at the White House with a police chief, a federal prosecutor and The Marshall project on how to make America’s law enforcement and correctional practices more just and effective.   As the President spoke about on Thursday, criminal justice reform is not just the right thing to do but also the smart thing to do to promote public safety. By making sure the punishment fits the crime for non-violent drug offenders and by enhancing programs that reduce recidivism for those offenders, we will free more of our limited law enforcement resources to focus on the most serious crimes and offenders. By spending less on incarceration, states and the federal government will be able to devote more resources to other investments in our public safety, including things like schools, police officers, substance abuse and mental health treatment, and reentry programs.

Since his time in the U.S. Senate, the President has taken a number of steps to promote officer safety and wellness and to enhance the effectives and fairness of the justice system.  And, the Department of Justice's Smart on Crime Initiative refocuses federal law enforcement efforts on the worst offenders instead of low-level drug offenders, while also pursuing mandatory minimum sentences less frequently.

Ends.

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