Trump signs executive order on police reform

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President Donald Trump signs an Executive Order on Safe Policing for Safe Communities, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, on June 16.

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President Trump signed an executive order today for police reform that he says will encourage police departments nationwide to adopt the “highest professional standards to serve their communities.”

This measure, however, comes after past efforts in his administration to scale back programs to reform police departments.

In September 2017, the Justice Department, then led by Jeff Sessions, announced that it was significantly scaling back a program created during the Obama administration to help reform police departments after controversial incidents such as police-involved shootings. Read more about that move here.