Thursday, March 5, 2015

Feds unveil Common Core for local cops


Details unveiled in an interim report on the Obama administration’s plan to restructure law enforcement throughout the United States hint that federal involvement could soon increase greatly in the day-to-day operations of small-town police departments.
“We have a great opportunity… to really transform how we think about community law enforcement relations,” President Obama said as the report was released Monday.
“We need to seize that opportunity… this is something that I’m going to stay very focused on in the months to come,” he added.
The president’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing calls for a series of changes in the way community police departments operate and offers a plan to tie federal funding to cooperation with the changes.
“The U.S. Department of Justice, through the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services [COPS] and Office of Justice Programs, should provide technical assistance and incentive funding to jurisdictions with small police agencies that take steps towards shared services, regional training, and consolidation,” the report states.
The task force report contains a six-pillar plan for law enforcement agencies throughout the nation. The pillars include:
  • Building trust and legitimacy
  • Policy and oversight
  • Technology and social media
  • Community policing and crime reduction
  • Training and education
  • Officer wellness and safety
While suggestions outlined under the pillars involving trust, legitimacy and 
oversight could have a positive impact on citizen civil rights during police encounters, other ideas in the have led critics to worry about a creeping national police force.

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