WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) and other members of the Law Enforcement Task Force hosted a hearing, titled “Examining the State of Relations between the People and Their Protectors.” This Task Force was created to examine the ways to restore the essential and important relationship between police and the community. Witnesses included: The Honorable Greg Zoeller, Attorney General, State of Indiana; Sheriff Jeff Cappa, Wayne County, Indiana; W. Craig Hartley, Jr., Executive Director, Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies; and Dr. Brian A. Jackson, Director, RAND Safety and Justice Program.

“Today the Law Enforcement Task Force heard from a variety of witnesses who gave insight into the relations between people and their protectors—peace officers. As a former judge and prosecutor, I know just how often disputes between the law and citizens arise. The working relationship between our local law enforcement and community is a vital one that is important to the development and safety of our neighborhoods.  Men and women in uniform put themselves in harm’s way every day, and it is important that our citizens feel protected by them.  As a member of the Law Enforcement Task Force, I will work to make sure that transparency and respect are always promoted when it comes to the link between peace officers and the community.”