Public belief is the inspiration of public security. With out belief in regulation enforcement, victims don’t name for assist, witnesses don’t step ahead, crimes go unsolved, and justice shouldn’t be served. When law enforcement officials construct belief with the general public, they make our communities safer and our Nation safer. That is the essence of group policing. This week, we reaffirm that protected, efficient, and accountable group policing is the gold customary for regulation enforcement and recommit to supporting officers with the assets they should do their jobs efficiently and responsibly.
Cops swear an oath to guard us from hurt, uphold the rule of regulation, and serve their communities. Whereas this job has at all times demanded excellence, working in regulation enforcement at present is tougher than it has ever been. Officers are anticipated to be every part abruptly — from rescuing residents from pure disasters, accidents, and crime to serving as counselors to individuals experiencing a psychological well being or substance use disaster. Regulation enforcement is noble and harmful work that requires enough assets and collaboration from group stakeholders.
That’s the reason my Administration helps officers sort out the advanced challenges they face on the job every day whereas constructing public belief within the course of. Via my Administration’s American Rescue Plan, we secured historic funding to assist States and cities rent officers for protected, accountable, and efficient group policing, crime prevention, and intervention. We dedicated extra Federal assets to help State and native regulation enforcement in 2021 than virtually another yr on document. This yr, by way of a bipartisan price range deal, we secured over $511 million for the Division of Justice’s Group Oriented Policing Companies Workplace. And my Administration has awarded Division of Justice (DOJ) grants to State, native, territorial, and Tribal regulation enforcement companies to rent group policing professionals, to develop and take a look at progressive policing methods, and to supply coaching on collaborative policing approaches. I’ve additionally known as for elevated help for the DOJ’s Undertaking Secure Neighborhoods, which brings collectively regulation enforcement officers, prosecutors, group leaders, and different stakeholders to supply native options to violent crime.
Moreover, this yr I used to be proud to signal an Government Order to assist construct belief between regulation enforcement and communities throughout America and improve public security. It requires a recent strategy to recruiting, coaching, retaining, and recognizing officers who embody and exemplify the best requirements of the career. The Government Order mandates that each one Federal brokers put on and activate physique cameras whereas on patrol, directs companies to advertise officer wellness, and creates a brand new nationwide regulation enforcement accountability database wherein all Federal regulation enforcement companies should take part. This database will embrace data of officer misconduct in addition to commendations and awards.
There’s nonetheless rather more we are able to do. This summer season, I outlined my Administration’s Safer America Plan — an funding in police who stroll the beat, know the neighborhood, and are accountable to these they’re sworn to serve and defend. This plan would assist State and native police departments recruit, rent, and prepare 100,000 extra officers for protected, efficient, and accountable group policing in keeping with the requirements within the Government Order I signed. It will additionally assist States, cities, Tribes, and territories enhance psychological well being and substance use dysfunction companies and disaster responders for non-violent conditions to scale back the burden on law enforcement officials. This motion builds on my Administration’s work to assist States set up “Cell Disaster Intervention Groups” that present people experiencing a psychological well being or substance use disaster with fast entry to psychological well being professionals. My Safer America Plan may also tackle the foundation causes of crime and the burden on officers to allow them to give attention to policing by investing $20 billion in housing, job coaching, reentry, youth enrichment, and different stabilizing social companies.
I imagine the overwhelming majority of People need the identical issues from regulation enforcement: belief, security, and accountability. Efficient group policing can decrease incidents of violent crime, lower the occurrences of unjustified makes use of of pressure, construct belief and group, and assist tackle the long-standing inequities in our prison justice system, which disproportionately have an effect on individuals of shade and other people with disabilities.
Throughout Nationwide Group Policing Week, I name on communities throughout our Nation to spend money on strengthening relationships between officers and the people they serve and defend. I additionally encourage native residents, enterprise house owners, and different group stakeholders to collaborate with regulation enforcement, determine initiatives that may assist construct mutual belief, and assist stop crime. When People work along with frequent goal and with mutual belief and respect, we are able to make this Nation stronger and hold our individuals safer.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the US of America, by advantage of the authority vested in me by the Structure and the legal guidelines of the US, do hereby proclaim October 2 by way of October 8, 2022, as Nationwide Group Policing Week. I name upon regulation enforcement companies, elected officers, and all People to look at this week by recognizing methods to enhance public security, construct belief, and strengthen group relationships.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I’ve hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of September, within the yr of our Lord two thousand twenty-two, and of the Independence of the United States of America the 2 hundred and forty-seventh.
JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.