President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing

On December 18, 2014, President Obama signed an Executive Order to create the Task Force on 21st Century Policing, and announced its members, which include 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, has been appointed by the President to the Commission. 

Over the past week, NAPO’s Executive Director, Bill Johnson, participated in multiple conference calls with the White House and the Attorney General to discuss the goals of the Task Force.  Johnson also attended and submitted the attached written testimony for the first Task Force public hearing, which took place on January 13, 2015.  (The first meeting focused on efforts to build trust and legitimacy between police officers and the communities they serve). 

Additionally, NAPO joined fellow stakeholders in a White House pre-briefing on the first Task Force hearing, and stressed the importance of including the rank-and-file perspective in future discussions.

The fact that NAPO has a seat on the Commission is indicative of the fact that the Administration and powers in Washington know who we are, and want to hear our views.  We will continue to make our voice heard as the Commission moves forward.   

If you have any questions about the Task Force on 21st Century Policing, please contact Bill Johnson at:


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