Cities React to 21st Century Community Policing Taskforce Recommendations
WASHINGTON - Following the release of the interim report outlining recommendations from President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Community Policing, National League of Cities (NLC) President Ralph Becker, mayor, Salt Lake City, Utah issued the following statement:
"On behalf of the National League of Cities' members, I want to thank the President's Task Force on 21st Century Community Policing for making a set of recommendations designed to improve the relationship and trust between police and the communities they protect. I encourage city leaders to carefully consider the report's recommendations and convene community stakeholders to help chart a path forward that improves community policing practices.
"Local officials have an essential role in creating a culture of transparency and accountability that fosters trust between police and the people they serve. That includes driving collaboration among law enforcement, community members and interest groups. And ultimately, city officials and law enforcement professionals must work together to implement policies and strategies that reinforce the importance of community engagement in managing public safety.
"The recommendations outlined in the report can't be enacted by a single mayor, council member or community member. However, by facilitating these stakeholder conversations, we can help foster the mutual trust and understanding that is critical for successful outcomes in our communities."
The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.