Obama Names 'Task Force' to Recommend '21st Century Policing' Practices

President Obama has decided on his task force to review police practices and make recommendations after the Ferguson protests.

Obama signed an executive order creating the  Task Force on 21st Century Policing as “part of the administration’s efforts to strengthen community policing and strengthen trust among law enforcement officers and the communities they serve,” according to the White House.


“The Task Force will examine, among other issues, how to build public trust and foster strong relationships between local law enforcement and the communities that they protect, while also promoting effective crime reduction. The Task Force will prepare a report and recommendations to be presented to the President.”

Obama intends to appoint:

Philadelphia Police Department Commissioner Charles Ramsey (co-chair)

George Mason University professor and former Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs Laurie Robinson (co-chair)

Deputy Chief Operating Officer for Public Safety Cedric L. Alexander from DeKalb County, Georgia, who is also the National President of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives

Jose Lopez, lead organizer at Make the Road New York (MRNY), a Brooklyn-based nonprofit community organization focused on civil rights, education reform, and combating poverty

Yale Law professor Tracey Meares

Brittany Packnett, executive director of Teach For America in St. Louis, Mo.

Susan Rahr, executive director of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, formerly the first female sheriff of King County, Washington

Constance Rice, a civil rights attorney and co-director of the Advancement Project

Sean Smoot, director and chief counsel for the Police Benevolent and Protective Association of Illinois (PB&PA) and the Police Benevolent Labor Committee (PBLC); formerly a policy adviser to the Obama-Biden transition team on public safety and state and local police issues

Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Ala.

Tucson Police Department Chief Roberto Villaseñor


“These fine public servants bring both a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to their new roles,” Obama said in a statement. “Our nation will be well-served by these men and women, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”


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