President Trump Signs Police Reform Executive Order
President Trump has signed an executive order encouraging police department reform by adopting new safety standards.
The order directs future federal funding to be prioritized for police departments which “seek independent credentialing” and promote “use of force and deescalation training”.
Additionally, excessive force measures like choke-holds will be banned, “except if an officer’s life is at risk”; new restrictions will keep discharged police officers from moving to new departments; and departments will become equipped with co-responders, such as social workers, to help handle certain situations.
President Trump also says the Executive Branch is “looking at new advanced and less lethal weapons” for officers to use in place of guns, and referenced they are “working with congress on additional measures”.