President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday calling for a ban on chokeholds by police and an increase in funding for training programs at police departments across the country.
The order offers federal funding grants to police departments that seek independent credentialing certifying they have met standards on new use-of-force and de-escalation training, according to White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere. The order also calls for increased funding for police in an attempt to assist them in handling mental health and homeless crises. (RELATED: Trump’s Police Reform Executive Order Has 3 Main Components, Senior Administration Officials Say)
Under the executive order I am signing today, we will prioritize federal grants from the Department of Justice to police departments that seek independent credentialing, certifying that they meet high standards on the use of force and de-escalation training.
— Judd Deere (@JuddPDeere45) June 16, 2020
The three components of the order are as follows:
- Creating credentialing and certification programs in every police department across the nation
- Information sharing — create a national database that can track officers with excessive use of force complaints so they can’t skip from department to department
- Incentivize co-responder programs — have mental health experts accompany officers on responses to non-violent calls involving homelessness, addiction, and other mental health issues
Trump had teased an executive order on race and policing for days, with the White House giving some details out to reporters Monday night. Trump said that the order does not defund police.
“I strongly oppose the radical efforts to defund, dismantle and dissolve our police departments,” Trump said at the Tuesday signing. “Without police, there is chaos.”
Official text of the order has not yet been released.