Now that Donald Trump is the President elect, many of his admirers and supporters in the law enforcement community are wondering just how he’ll transform American Policing.
Trump was very short on specifics on the campaign trail, with the exception of advocating for the death penalty for cop killers in states where that’s an option and being a “great cheerleader for police.”
There are obviously lots of questions about how the new president will approach public safety. For instance, will more police officers be federalized and dedicated to immigration enforcement?
In places like Chicago where clearance rates for homicides have plummeted while rates of homicide and other violent crimes have spiked, this obviously creates challenges in terms of coverage and manpower.
Will there by more federal assistance to local police as we saw during the Clinton administration or will we see more drastic cuts to law enforcement agencies as we have during the Obama administration?
To listen to law enforcement leaders like the FOP’s Jim Pasco- those are all minor details that will be worked out in good time.
Right now it’s just nice to have a man that isn’t waging “virtual jihad” on American Police Departments, as Jim Pasco told National Public Radio recently.
In the coming months and years it should be very easy to tell if Trump’s promises to be a cheerleader for the cops involve anything other than moral support.