Statement of IACP President Richard Beary on Meeting with President Obama

"As President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) I was pleased that I had the opportunity to participate in today’s meeting with President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and other officials as we discussed steps for improving and enhancing community-police relations.

Recognizing the vital role community trust and partnerships play in policing, the IACP convened a National Policy Summit on Community-Police Relations: Creating a Culture of Cohesion/Collaboration. The summit brought together a wide range of law enforcement officials, community leaders, academic researchers, and policy experts to discuss issues and concerns which shape and impact the relationship between police departments and the communities they serve. Significantly, many of the actionable recommendations that developed as a result of the summit are reflected in the actions the President outlined today.

The IACP will be issuing a report on the Summit deliberation shortly and it is our hope that the work from the summit will serve as a blueprint for the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing and improving community-police relations.

I am also pleased that the President selected two members of the IACP Leadership, as well as summit participants, to co-lead the Task Force on 21st Century. I am confident that Philadelphia Police Commissioner and IACP Executive Committee Member Charles Ramsey and former Assistant Attorney General and IACP Research Advisory Committee Co-Chair Laurie Robinson will be able to successfully lead this critical effort.

We look forward to actively participating with the Administration in order to build sustainable community-police relations."