Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and Sacramento Police Officers Association President Dustin Smith are heading to Washington, D.C. to speak with President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.
The date of their trip was not yet disclosed Monday, but Johnson and Smith released a joint statement:
“As part of our ongoing efforts to make Sacramento a national model for community policing, we are proud to announce that we will be traveling to Washington D.C., Tuesday, to participate in the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing’s first public listening session. Over the past few months, our elected officials, law enforcement, clergy, community leaders and our young people have come together to discuss critical issues productively and proactively. What we’ve learned is that we cannot truly make progress unless the police and the community are working in lockstep to ensure crime rates go down while trust and legitimacy goes up. We are proud of the progress we continue to make here at home and look forward to telling our story and sharing our best practices nationally.”
President Obama created the Task Force on 21st Century Policing to examine how to better strengthen the relationship between communities and law enforcement.
The Task Force’s formation comes after police killings in Ferguson, Mo., Staten Island, NY and Cleveland, Oh prompted national protests.