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NAPO issues statement about, highlights of President’s Police Reform Executive Order

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: May 26, 2022


National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) President Mick McHale has issued a statement in response to President Joe Biden’s Executive Order on Advancing Effective, Accountable Policing and Criminal Justice Practices to Enhance Public Trust and Public Safety issued May 25, 2022.

In part, McHale’s statement reads: “The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) has been communicating to the Administration our concerns and recommendations for executive actions on policing reforms for the past several months. We have remained focused on our priorities of preserving officer rights and due process and ensuring any policies enacted in the Executive Order protect the ability of officers to safeguard themselves and the lives of the citizens they serve. With the President issuing his Executive Order on Advancing Effective, Accountable Policing and Criminal Justice Practices to Enhance Public Trust and Public Safety today, we note that the Administration took into consideration some of our recommendations and concerns but did not address others of significant interest.”

“The Executive Order does not recommend Congress take action to eliminate qualified immunity for officers, which is of utmost importance to NAPO as this legal protection for officers is essential. In establishing body-worn camera policies, it allows for officers to review their body-worn camera footage prior to completing required reports, statements, or interviews regarding the recording. This is in line with the long-held best practices established by the Department of Justice and mirrors laws many states have enacted on the issue and will ensure the most accurate reporting of incidents.”

“However, there is a lack of meaningful due process for officers laid out in the Executive Order, particularly regarding the National Law Enforcement Accountability Database established under the Order. While it purports to provide due process protections for officers, the Order leaves it up to the Attorney General to determine appropriate procedures to ensure officers’ voices are heard and have proper notice and access to records. It does not specify what these procedures are or when they will occur. We continue to strongly advocate for robust due process procedures to be put in place and occur prior to officer records being uploaded into the national database. It is too late for an officer’s reputation if their only chance to contest, amend, or remove factually inaccurate information is after it is uploaded into the database.”

Please click on the links below for the complete NAPO statement, highlights of the Police Reform Executive Order and a link to the full Executive Order.


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