MAYOR NUTTER TESTIFIES BEFORE PRESIDENT OBAMA’S COMMUNITY POLICING TASKFORCE

Philadelphia, January 13, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter testified during the first public listening session of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.  The Task Force is co-chaired by Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey.

Task Force members heard testimony from five panels of witnesses on ways to improve the collaborative relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve, exchange best practices for policing strategies, promote effective crime reduction.   Mayor Nutter’s testimony included his thoughts on how to implement successfully a community policing strategy in a large, diverse city, and highlights of programs and initiatives the City of Philadelphia uses in its holistic approach to fighting crime and improving communities.

For more information on the Task Force on 21st Century policing, to view Mayor Nutter’s written testimony, or to watch a live stream of public listening session, please visit: www.cops.usdoj.gov/policingtaskforce.

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About the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing

The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing was established by an Executive Order signed by the President on Dec. 18, 2014.  The Task Force – which includes law enforcement representatives, community leaders, young adults and notable scholars – will examine, among other issues, how to strengthen public trust and foster strong relationships between local law enforcement and the communities that they protect, while also promoting effective crime reduction.  Members of the Task Force will engage federal, state, tribal and local officials, subject matter experts, young leaders, and nongovernmental organizations through meetings and 21st century technology.  The Task Force will also convene listening sessions where they will hear testimony, including proposed recommendations for consideration, from invited witnesses and also receive comments and questions from the public.

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