NEW BADEN COMPLIES WITH TRUMP ORDER

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            Police officers in New Baden will be abiding by an executive order from former President Donald Trump concerning the use of force in their activities, according to announcement made at the most recent village board of trustees meeting.

            Village Administrator Erika Kennett told the board that this federal executive order is part of a requirement for the village police department to qualify for grant money and that the letter was prepared in conjunction with a process endorsed by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police.

            That organization is what Kennett referred to as the “credentialing body” for the United States Department of Justice, as designated by the Illinois Attorney General, when it comes to making it known New Baden is complying with the Trump order.

            To be eligible for the federal discretionary grants related to law enforcement, New Baden Police had to certify in the form of a written letter outlining compliance with the Trump order.

            The actual document issued by the Department of Justice is titled “Standards for Certification on Safe Policing for Safe Communities” and was issued on October 28 of last year.

            This certification contains with it a requirement that police agencies like the one in New Baden enact a use of force policy that adheres to all applicable federal, state and local laws while additionally prohibiting the use of chokeholds except in situations where deadly force is permitted by those laws.

            Trump had issued the executive order to set the wheels in motion for this process on June 16, 2020, about three weeks after the death of George Floyd who was subject to a use of force incident in Minneapolis, Minnesota that resulted in his death.

            The DOJ’s standards in regard to this matter encourage local police departments to assess their training procedures on the use of force, de-escalation of the use of force, the intervention of an officer in situations where another office is using force excessively, when and how officers should provide medical care, officers notifying others when they intend to use force and using weapons to shoot at or from a moving vehicle.

BY CALEB ALEXANDER

            Police officers in New Baden will be abiding by an executive order from former President Donald Trump concerning the use of force in their activities, according to announcement made at the most recent village board of trustees meeting.

            Village Administrator Erika Kennett told the board that this federal executive order is part of a requirement for the village police department to qualify for grant money and that the letter was prepared in conjunction with a process endorsed by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police.

            That organization is what Kennett referred to as the “credentialing body” for the United States Department of Justice, as designated by the Illinois Attorney General, when it comes to making it known New Baden is complying with the Trump order.

            To be eligible for the federal discretionary grants related to law enforcement, New Baden Police had to certify in the form of a written letter outlining compliance with the Trump order.

            The actual document issued by the Department of Justice is titled “Standards for Certification on Safe Policing for Safe Communities” and was issued on October 28 of last year.

            This certification contains with it a requirement that police agencies like the one in New Baden enact a use of force policy that adheres to all applicable federal, state and local laws while additionally prohibiting the use of chokeholds except in situations where deadly force is permitted by those laws.

            Trump had issued the executive order to set the wheels in motion for this process on June 16, 2020, about three weeks after the death of George Floyd who was subject to a use of force incident in Minneapolis, Minnesota that resulted in his death.

            The DOJ’s standards in regard to this matter encourage local police departments to assess their training procedures on the use of force, de-escalation of the use of force, the intervention of an officer in situations where another office is using force excessively, when and how officers should provide medical care, officers notifying others when they intend to use force and using weapons to shoot at or from a moving vehicle.

Caleb Alexander

Caleb Alexander

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