2020 Policy Tracker: Justice

Improving Police-Community Relations


Joe Biden

Joe Biden addresses improving community-police relations in “The Biden Plan to End Our Gun Violence Epidemic”. His plan will:

  • “Fund initiatives to partner mental health and substance use disorder experts, social workers, and disability advocates with police departments.”

  • “Expand and use the power of the U.S. Justice Department to address systemic misconduct in police departments and prosecutors’ offices.”

  • “Establish a panel to scrutinize what equipment is used by law enforcement in our communities.”

  • “Reinvigorate the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program with a $300 million investment; as a condition of the grant, hiring of police officers must mirror the racial diversity of the community they serve.”

  • “Train police officers to better de-escalate interactions with people in severe emotional distress before they become violent.”

  • “Appoint Justice Department leadership who will prioritize the role of using pattern-or-practice investigations to strengthen our justice system.”


Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s campaign platform does not address improving police-community relations.