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We Break Down the Details of President Trump's Policing Executive Order

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President Donald Trump issued a "Safe Policing for Safe Communities" executive order on Tuesday that directs U.S. Attorney General William Barr to provide incentives for departments to increase use of force training, create a national database to track officer misconduct, and support the development of “co-responder programs” that would pair local police with mental health experts and social workers.

The executive order encourages agencies to seek “appropriate credentials from a reputable independent credentialing body certified by the Attorney General” by offering “Department of Justice discretionary grant funding.”

We break down the details with Florida Gulf Coast University justice studies professor, Dr. David Thomas. Dr. Thomas spent 20 years as a police officer before getting his Ph.D. in Forensic Psychology from The Union Institute. He is author of the book “The State of American Policing: Psychology, Behavior, Problems, and Solutions.”

Mike Kiniry is producer of Gulf Coast Live, and co-creator and host of the WGCU podcast Three Song Stories: Biography Through Music. He first joined the WGCU team in the summer of 2003 as an intern while studying Communication at Florida Gulf Coast University. 
Julie Glenn is the News Director and the host of Gulf Coast Live. She joined the WGCU team in November of 2016 to expand the Gulf Coast Live call-in radio show from once a week to five days a week.  Since then, the show has been recognized in state and regional competitions and has featured artists, political leaders, historians, environmental experts, doctors, local reporters, and national and international scholars. After leading the station's award-winning coverage of Hurricane Irma in September of 2017, Julie was named Interim News Director. In January of 2018, she launched WGCU's first podcast: Grape Minds.