(Washington, DC) On June 16, 2020, President Trump signed an Executive Order to foster closer ties between law enforcement and the communities that we protect and serve.

Under the Order, the Attorney General will allocate certain grant funding to only those law enforcement agencies that meet high standards, including use-of-force and de-escalation protocols.

The Order also provides incentives for law enforcement agencies to use a nationwide database to track terminations, criminal convictions, and civil judgments against law enforcement officers for excessive use-of-force.

The Administration will prioritize training and other programs for police and social workers responding to incidents involving the mentally ill, addicted, and homeless.

In addition, President Trump is directing his Administration to develop and prepare new legislation before Congress to further the policies of the Executive Order and to build upon community engagement.

HAPCOA, in conversation, with Dr. Andrea Ramirez, Special Assistant to the President and Director of Hispanic Engagement, White House Office of Public Liaison, has been invited to establish an ongoing relationship and dialogue with the Administration to voice our concerns and to share our focus with respect to diversity in law enforcement, specialized training, mentoring and safeguarding & building public trust.