Davis Supports Calls for Police Reform and Enhanced Resources, Training, Transparency
Respondents to the IL-13 police reform survey have confidence in local law enforcement, support some police reforms and oppose defunding the police
U.S. Representative Rodney Davis (R-Ill) today reiterated his support for nationwide and local calls for police reforms. Rep. Davis is co-sponsoring the Just and Unifying Solutions to Invigorate Communities Everywhere (JUSTICE) Act. The goal of the JUSTICE Act is to increase police transparency, accountability and performance so law enforcement can better serve their communities.
“We have a chance to enact real, meaningful police reform, but we can only do so if both sides are willing to work together on a bipartisan basis,” said Rep. Davis. "We need to give law enforcement the tools and resources they need to safely and equitably do their jobs, and also put systems in place to increase police transparency. That is why I'm co-sponsoring the JUSTICE Act. It is my hope that Republicans and Democrats in both the House and Senate work together on a compromise bill that can be enacted into law. Now is the time to come together so we can properly honor George Floyd and others who lost their lives."
Rep. Davis also highlighted the results of a survey on police reform that his office conducted last week via email and sent to over 150,000 constituents in IL-13.
The survey shows over 78% of respondents have anywhere between some to a great deal of confidence in their local police department to ensure all citizens are treated equitably. The survey also showed respondents trust their local police departments more relative to those nationally. Locally, over 72% of respondents believe their police departments do not need reform or need a little to some reform. 63.9% of the respondents believe police nationally need some to a lot of reform. Finally, over 62% of respondents oppose efforts to defund the police. The survey also asked for an open-ended response on what reforms you would like to see take place in your community. A small sampling of open-ended responses is listed below.
"It's clear that central Illinoisans have a great deal of confidence in local law enforcement, support some reforms like de-escalation training and community policing programs, and oppose efforts to defund the police," Davis continued. "I agree. I too have great confidence in our local law enforcement, but believe reforms at the federal level are necessary so we can help law enforcement across our country do their job effectively while ensuring all communities are treated equitably."
From the results of the police reform survey:
Q: How much confidence do you have in your local police department to treat all citizens equitably?
Q: Do you think police locally need reform to ensure all citizens are treated equitably and if so how much?
Q: Do you think police nationally need reform to ensure all citizens are treated equitably and if so how much?
Q: Do you support defunding the police?
Q: What type of police reforms would you like to see take place in your community, if any?
What the JUSTICE Act does to improve public safety:
Improving law enforcement transparency through additional reporting
Ensuring law enforcement accountability
Improving training for law enforcement officers
Provisions addressing historical racism and racial inequities
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