NAPO President Testifies at Task Force on 21st Century Policing Listening Session

On December 18, 2014, President Obama signed an Executive Order to create the Task Force on 21st Century Policing, and announced its members, which includes NAPO.  NAPO is the only police rank and file group in the nation to have a seat on the Commission itself.   Our Treasurer, Sean Smoot, of the Illinois PB&PA, was appointed by the President to the Commission. 

On January 30, 2015, NAPO’s President, Mick McHale, testified at the Task Force’s second listening session, which focused on “Policy & Oversight.”  Mr. McHale was included in a panel to explain law enforcement’s perspective on “use of force” policies. 

In his testimony, Mr. McHale explained that force is not something officers want to be put in a position to use. He also stressed that criticism of police by political leadership has made law enforcement officers’ jobs more dangerous.  Mr. McHale’s recommendations to the panel included: educating the public about police and their duties; having political leadership publicly support grand jurors and other public officials when they make correct, but unpopular decisions; and encouraging citizens to take part in civilian-police interactions, such as patrol car ride-alongs. 

Mr. McHale’s full written testimony is available at the following site:

NAPO was grateful for the opportunity to testify at the listening session, and we will continue to make our voice heard as the Commission moves forward.   

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