Our communities should be safe for everyone, regardless of their skin color. Yet in recent years, the relationship between communities of color and law enforcement has grown more strained. Now, more than ever, we need to engage in a dialogue on tough topics to overcome these issues.
While officer safety is paramount, we also need to ensure that our men and women in blue are held accountable for their actions on the job. One way to do this is through body cameras. Tim is a supporter of the Police CAMERA Act, which provides the resources needed to equip officers with tools that promote greater transparency, accountability, and public trust.
In the first week of Donald Trump’s presidency, Tim wrote to the President urging him not to eliminate funding for Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). Law enforcement agencies rely on COPS grants to hire entry-level officers, pursue drug traffickers, and develop innovative strategies for crime prevention. Ohio is facing one of the worst opioid crises in history, and COPS grant programs are critical to supporting the work of public safety officers as they address the crisis at every level.
Tim has also been a leader in Congress on criminal justice reform. That’s why he cosponsored the Smarter Sentencing Act, a bipartisan bill that reforms drug penalties by removing long, mandatory minimum sentences. There is no reason we should have five percent of the world’s population but 25 percent of its prisoners, many of them nonviolent, low-level drug offenders.
TAKING ACTION ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
- Tim supported the Police CAMERA Act which would help law enforcement secure the resources to provide every officer with a body camera.
- Tim encouraged President Trump to keep funding for much needed officer training programs.
- Tim cosponsored the Smarter Sentencing Act which would remove mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent, low-level drug offenses.