Create a National Database of Police Officer History

Create a National Database of Police Officer History

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Jason Smith started this petition to Congress and

In the United States, police use of deadly force has been a high-profile and contentious issue. Police killings are one of the leading causes of death for young men in the United States. 1 in 2,000 men and 1 in 33,000 women die as a result of police use of deadly force. The risk is highest for black men, as approximately 1 in 1,000 black men can expect to be killed by police.

The issue stems from a mix of the institutionalized marginalization of black and minority communities and police forces plagued by the Code of Silence.

There is no quick way to fix either of these issues; both will take time and perseverance of social justice, but we can at least weed out the bad actors.

Therefore the time has come to create a National Database of Police Officer History (NDPOH). The purpose of NDPOH would publicly track police officers' work history. The information would follow what past agencies the individual has worked for and document all positive and negative actions the individual received.

Reporting of this information will require a joint effort at every level of government. So we ask Congress to create a law that will create the database whose data will be publicly accessible to the American people. Additionally, the law will require mandatory registration of all police officers in the United States into the NDPOH and require the information to be updated annually.

In the end, the goal of this system will be to ensure that America's police forces hire the best and most honorable individuals. If we can find a way to weed out the bad apples and help the good cops do their job, we can at least start the process to heal our country and move forward.

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