Clinton, Trump Lay Out Contrasting Anticrime Plans

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Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have presented detailed and sharply contrasting approaches to crime control, in responses to questions from the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Republican Trump vows a much stronger partnership between the federal government with state and local law enforcement, telling the IACP that, “there is no noticeable partnership between the federal government and state and local law enforcement. That will dramatically change in a Trump administration. We will partner with state and local authorities to ensure that we are all on the same page in dealing with those who dare violate the law.”

Photo by Gage Skidmore via Flickr

Photo by Gage Skidmore via Flickr

Asked how he would fight crime generally, Trump says his “administration will ensure that the law of the land will be enforced, starting with federal statutes that encompass illegal immigration, drug trafficking and human trafficking.”

In her response to the police chiefs, Democrat Clinton says, “I believe one of our most important challenges is rebuilding the bonds of trust between our law enforcement officers and our communities.” Clinton cites her support for the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program and “reforms to make policing more effective.” Unlike Trump, she favors an attack on gun violence. Clinton backs “making straw purchasing a federal crime, cracking down on gun stores that flood our cities with illegal guns, ensuring that police officers never face weapons of war on our streets, and passing comprehensive background check legislation.”

Clinton discusses  recidivism, saying “supporting individuals as they transition from prison to home… (is) crucial for the safety of our communities. That’s why, as president, I’ll work to remove barriers and create pathways to employment, housing, health care, education, and civic participation, for formerly incarcerated individuals.” Clinton would invest $5 billion in job programs with a proven record of success to help individuals find and secure a stable job.”


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