(Press Release, December 31, 2019)

President Donald J. Trump (White House Official Photo by Shealah Craighead)

CREATING SAFER COMMUNITIES: President Trump’s policies are supporting our brave law enforcement officers and making America’s communities safer.

Violent crime fell in 2017 and 2018, after rising during each of the two years prior to President Trump taking office.

  • Since 2016, the violent crime rate in America has fallen nearly 5 percent and the murder rate has decreased by over 7 percent.

President Trump signed the First Step Act into law, making our criminal justice system fairer for all while making our communities safer.

President Trump has promoted second-chance hiring to give former inmates the opportunity to live crime-free lives and find meaningful employment, all while making our communities safer.

  • The Department of Education is expanding an initiative that allows individuals in Federal and State prisons to receive Pell Grants to better prepare themselves for the workforce.
  • The Department of Justice and Bureau of Prisons launched a new “Ready to Work” Initiative to help connect employers directly with former prisoners.
  • The Department of Labor awarded $2.2 million to states to expand the use of fidelity bonds, which underwrite companies that hire former prisoners.

President Trump has revitalized Project Safe Neighborhoods, bringing together Federal, State, local, and tribal law enforcement officials to develop solutions to violent crime.

The President is standing up for our Nation’s law enforcement officers, ensuring they have the support they need to keep our communities safe.

  • The President established a new commission to evaluate best practices for recruiting, training, and supporting law enforcement officers.
  • The Administration has made available hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of surplus military equipment to local law enforcement.
  • President Trump has signed an Executive Order to help prevent violence against law enforcement officers.
  • The President also signed legislation permanently funding the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, aiding our Nation’s brave first responders.

The President has taken action to combat the scourge of hate crimes and anti-Semitism rising in America.

  • President Trump signed an Executive Order making it clear that Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 applies to discrimination rooted in anti-Semitism.
  • The Administration launched a centralized website to educate the public about hate crimes and encourage reporting.
  • Since January 2017, the Civil Rights division at the DOJ has obtained 14 convictions in cases involving attacks or threats against places of worship.

The President signed the Fix NICS Act to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals.

President Trump signed the STOP School Violence Act and created a Commission on School Safety to examine ways to make our schools safer.

The Trump Administration is fighting to end the egregious crime of human trafficking.

  • In FY 2019, ICE HSI arrested 2,197 criminals associated with human trafficking and identified 428 victims.
  • The President signed the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, which tightened criteria for whether countries are meeting standards for eliminating trafficking.

President Trump established a task force to help combat the tragedy of missing or murdered Native American women and girls.

 

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