AG William Barr has appointed 18 law enforcement officials to the newly created Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice. - Photo: Justice Department

AG William Barr has appointed 18 law enforcement officials to the newly created Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice.

Photo: Justice Department

Attorney General William P. Barr announced Wednesday that he has appointed 18 law enforcement officials to the newly created Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice.

The commission will explore how mental illness, substance abuse and homelessness are affecting law enforcement; how police departments can improve community relations; how the agencies can recruit and retain more officers; how changes in technology are affecting policing; and how to best tackle issues such as the opioid epidemic, cybercrime and the fight over warrant-proof encryption, reports the Associated Press.

"It is the rule of law that is fundamental to ensuring both freedom and security, and it is our more than 900,000 women and men on the beat who, every single day, uphold the rule of law," Barr said.

In a press release, the Department of Justice said the Commissioners, appointed by the Attorney General and announced today, are urban police chiefs, state prosecutors, county sheriffs, members of rural law enforcement, federal agents, U.S. Attorneys, and a state attorney general. In addition to their diverse experiences and backgrounds, each member brings to the Commission an expertise in formulating and shaping law enforcement policy and leading police departments and law enforcement organizations.

Commissioners on the Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice include:

  •  Chair: Phil Keith, Director, Community Oriented Policing Services
  •  Vice-Chair: Katharine Sullivan, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs
  •  David Bowdich, Deputy Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  •  Donald Washington, Director, United States Marshals Services
  •  Regina Lombardo, Acting Director, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives
  •  Erica Macdonald, United States Attorney, District Of Minnesota
  •  D. Christopher Evans, Chief of Operations, Drug Enforcement Administration
  •  James Clemmons, Sheriff, Richmond County, North Carolina
  •  Frederick Frazier, City Council, McKinney, Texas/ Police Officer, Dallas Police Department
  •  Robert Gualtieri, Sheriff, Pinellas County, Florida
  •  Gina Hawkins, Chief of Police, Fayetteville, North Carolina
  •  Ashley Moody, Florida Attorney General
  •  Nancy Parr, Commonwealth's Attorney, Chesapeake, Virginia
  •  Craig Price, South Dakota Secretary of Public Safety
  •  Gordon Ramsay, Chief of Police, Wichita, Kansas
  •  David B. Rausch, Director, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
  •  John Samaniego, Sheriff, Shelby County, Alabama
  •  James Smallwood, Police Officer, Nashville Metropolitan Police Department

The Commission will meet monthly for the next year and then report its findings to the Attorney General, who will submit a final report to the President.

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