The new administration says restoring federal support for law enforcement is a top priority for the first days of the Trump presidency.
“The Trump Administration will be a law and order administration,” the White House says. “President Trump will honor our men and women in uniform and will support their mission of protecting the public. The dangerous anti-police atmosphere in America is wrong. The Trump Administration will end it.”
During his inaugural address, President Trump condemned “the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.”
Trump enjoyed the support of the Fraternal Order of Police, the nation’s largest police union, during his successful campaign for the presidency. (RELATED: Nation’s Largest Police Union Throws Full Endorsement Behind Trump)
Just hours before Trump took the oath of office, an off-duty police officer in Westwego, La. was killed execution-style. Officer Michael Louviere was killed as he stopped to help an unidentified female he believed to be in distress. Exactly 135 police officers were killed in 2016, a significant increase as compared to the previous year, according to statistics kept by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
The White House identified as their specific areas of focus: pursuing undocumented immigrants with criminal convictions, increasing community engagement, securing Second Amendment rights, ending sanctuary cities, and reducing violent crime in America’s largest cities.
Though recent years record a slight uptick in violent crime, crime generally remains at historically low levels.
“It is the first duty of government to keep the innocent safe, and President Donald Trump will fight for the safety of every American, and especially those Americans who have not known safe neighborhoods for a very long time,” the new administration added.
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