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Fact Sheet - President Donald J. Trump Is Standing up for Our Nation's Law Enforcement Officers and Making Our Communities Safer

October 28, 2019

"Today, I stand before you, as the President of the United States, to tell you that my Administration will always honor, cherish, and support the men and women in blue." --President Donald J. Trump

SUPPORTING LAW ENFORCEMENT: President Trump is supporting law enforcement and ensuring they have the tools, training, and information they need to protect our communities.

  • President Trump is establishing a new executive Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice – the first commission on law enforcement in half a century.
    • The Commission will study key issues facing law enforcement – like substance abuse, homelessness, and mental illness.
    • The Commission will look at best practices for recruiting, training, and supporting law enforcement officers.
    • A report and recommendations will be delivered to the President within a year.
  • The President has made hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of surplus military equipment available to local law enforcement.
  • Shortly after taking office, President Trump signed an Executive Order to help prevent violence against law enforcement officers at the Federal, State, Tribal, and local level.

CREATING SAFER COMMUNITIES: President Trump has committed his Administration to combating crime and creating safer communities for all Americans.

  • The Trump Administration revitalized Project Safe Neighborhoods to help reduce violent crime in communities all around the country.
  • The Department of Justice charged a record number of violent crime defendants in fiscal year (FY) 2018.
  • The President has stepped up efforts to stop crime and drugs from flooding across our border.
    • Customs and Border Protection prevented thousands of criminals from entering our communities and seized over 600,000 pounds of illegal drugs at the southern border.
  • President Trump's approach is smart on crime, understanding that helping former offenders return to society as productive citizens creates safer communities.

COMBATING CRIME: Thanks to the President's efforts, crime rates in the United States are falling and America's communities are safer.

  • The violent crime rate in America has fallen for two consecutive years under President Trump, dropping 4.6 percent since 2016.
    • Violent crime spiked in the two years prior to President Trump taking office.
  • The murder rate has declined for two consecutive years under President Trump – after increasing in each of the prior two years.
    • The murder rate has decreased by 7 percent since President Trump took office.
  • The number of robberies fell by more than 50,000 from 2016 to 2018 nationwide.
  • The number of property crimes is down, experiencing a 9 percent drop since 2016.
    • There were 286,000 fewer burglaries in 2018 than 2016.

Donald J. Trump, Fact Sheet - President Donald J. Trump Is Standing up for Our Nation's Law Enforcement Officers and Making Our Communities Safer Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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