President Obama Speaks to Youth and Law Enforcement in Camden NJ

From the White House:

Today, the President is in Camden to talk about the promising progress that city is making in enhancing community policing. Last December, President Obama launched the Task Force on 21st Century Policing to better understand specific policing challenges and help communities identify actions they can take to improve law enforcement and enhance community engagement. Since that time, we have seen law enforcement agencies around the country working harder than ever to make the promise of community policing real.

Many of the Task Force’s recommendations emphasize the opportunity for departments to better use data and technology to build community trust. As a response, the White House has launched the Police Data Initiative, which has mobilized 21 leading jurisdictions across the country to take fast action on concrete deliverables responding to these Task Force recommendations in the area of data and technology. Camden is one such jurisdiction.

Live at 3:10pm Eastern Time. UPDATE: The speech has concluded.

(President Obama Speaks to Youth and Law Enforcement – Camden, New Jersey – Start time 3:10 PM EDT)

UPDATE: Transcript

Police departments participating in the White House Police Data Initiative:

The President’s Police Data Initiative has assembled a volunteer team of technology experts who are also in Camden today. The team will spend two days in Camden on a design sprint, engaging directly with front line officers, detectives, crime analysts and department leadership to help envision what a truly effective technology system could look like. The two-day deployment will help the team consider best practices and address specific technology questions as they arise, enabling departments like Camden to find the solutions that most fit their needs.

By upgrading its technology practices, the Camden County PD will have more efficient data supply chains, and will be better positioned to use that data to improve its internal operations and to identify and solve policing problems in a more timely manner. The lessons learned in Camden can help law enforcement around the country both by example and also directly since some of the development work can be shared though open source best practice.

Fact Sheet: FACT SHEET: Creating Opportunity for All Through Stronger, Safer Communities

President Obama believes that in America everyone should be empowered by the country they call home, not limited by the zip code into which they are born. That’s why the President’s agenda is focused on expanding opportunity for all: restoring economic security to hard-hit American families; building stronger neighborhoods and communities; and ensuring young people have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

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    “Nobody is suggesting that the job is done…Camden and its people still face some big challenges. But this city is on to something.” —Obama

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    “We cannot ask the police to contain and control problems that the rest of us are unwilling to face.” —President Obama in Camden

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    “The kids who grow up here, they’re America’s children, too.” —Obama in Camden, NJ on the need to expand opportunity in every community

  5. The Seattle police department is under review, so their crowd management tactics are improving. Our daughter works in downtown Seattle so she has made me more aware of the costs of such demonstrations. It’s very difficult for her to do her job and be able to safely come and go when this happens.

    [May Day protest cost Seattle police about $300,000

    The protests re Shell Oil and the Port’s decisions are important, so it’s good to read they are going smoothly even though I know it’s disrupting to people who work there.

    [Demonstrators leave peacefully after protest against Shell oil rig

    Seattle police showed up in force for the event.

    Bike-riding police officers flanked the protesters on either side as they marched to the terminal shortly after 7 a.m. Monday.

    During the morning, a police official said no request was received from the Port to remove the protesters.

    By early afternoon, police had full control of a major entrance to the terminal that officers lined with bicycles. They appeared to be happy with the way the protest unfolded, praising the protesters for their conduct.

    “I think this is First Amendment expression at its finest,” said Sean Whitcomb, a Seattle police spokesman.

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