Mandatory safe policing principles:
Submission of this form represents, to the best of my knowledge, that the agency under my purview, meets certain use-of-force eligibility requirements, set forth by the U.S. Department of Justice, for discretionary federal grants. With this confirmation letter, our agency likewise respectfully requests credentials from the Tennessee Law Enforcement Accreditation Program, certifying compliance with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Standards for Certification on Use of Force and Safe Policing for Communities.
I have reviewed the Presidential Executive Order on Safe Policing for Safe Communities, dated June 16, 2020, Executive Order No. 13929 (the “Executive Order on Safe Policing”). I understand that, based on the Executive Order on Safe Policing, the U.S. Department of Justice’s discretionary grant funding is only available to state, local, tribal, and university or college law enforcement agencies that have obtained (or are in the process of seeking) credentials certifying that they meet certain standards on use of force. I further understand that the Executive Order on Safe Policing empowers the U.S. Attorney General to designate independent credentialing bodies — such as the Tennessee Law Enforcement Accreditation Program — to certify that a law enforcement agency meets the conditions of eligibility for federal grants.
The U.S. Attorney General has released a guidance document titled Standards for Certification on Safe Policing for Safe Communities to inform law enforcement agencies and credentialing bodies of these requirements. The guidance document is available on the Executive Order on Safe Policing for Safe Communities.
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