11 questions American cops might ask the next president

If we were moderators at a presidential debate, here's what we'd ask the nominees — add your own in the comments section below


We have been thinking a lot about the importance of this November’s election. While there are plenty of insults, accusations, and promises surrounding the general election season, there are a host of real issues where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump clearly differ. Further, there are some very specific areas of concern regarding the law enforcement community we would like to see these candidates address. 

So, imagining that we at PoliceOne are the moderators at a fictional presidential debate, we present a series of questions for the nominees.

Add your own questions — and/or what you imagine might be some of their answers to those listed below — in the comments section.

We pose debate questions for presidential candidates and nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. (AP Images)
We pose debate questions for presidential candidates and nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. (AP Images)

1. Mr. Trump, in the last year or so there has been a rise in violent crime across the nation directly related to the protests and riots — like in Baltimore. As a result, officers have reduced their policing efforts. What would you do as president to re-establish support — from the highest level of the federal government — for police?

2. Mrs. Clinton, you have claimed and described systemic racism in American law enforcement. What is your proof for those accusations?

3. Mr. Trump, you have talked a lot about stopping illegal immigration. In addition to building the wall you speak so often about, would you make more funding available for the U.S. Border Patrol and ICE, who (respectively) are tasked with patrolling the border, and apprehending illegal immigrants once they're here?

4. Mrs. Clinton, you have made occasional mention of unnecessary officer-involved shootings. What level of force is appropriate and necessary for police officers to use in their day-to-day police work and would you be willing to participate in UOF training — as this community organizer did — to better understand how officers are forced to make those split-second decisions? 

5. Mr. Trump, with police officers unjustly maligned by a small but highly vocal population on social media, certain mainstream national media, and on the streets in protest, what would you do as president to tamp down the rhetoric and begin to build better relationships between police and the communities they serve? 

6. Mrs. Clinton, you have made statements that would seem to support Black Lives Matter, an organization reported to have a goal to destabilize the U.S. government. As president — sworn to defend and uphold the constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic — how will you continue to support this organization?

7. Mr. Trump, if elected president, what steps will you take to reopen the inquiry into your opponent’s sending and receiving of classified documents on an unsecured private email server — which FBI Director Comey described as “extremely careless” — during her term as Secretary of State?

The following set of questions is for both of you.  

8. What is the very first thing you would you do as president to help make the streets in some of our most violent cities of this nation safer?

9. Describe your stance on what police critics call "police militarization" and would you rescind or leave in place Executive Order 13688, which forces police agencies to return the decommissioned military surplus equipment they acquired under the 1033 program?

10. During the Obama administration, we’ve been attacked by radical Islamist Jihadists in places like Orlando, San Bernardino, Fort Hood and Chattanooga. With the increasing threat of terror attacks conducted by radicals here on American soil, please describe your strategy to ensure that police officers — who have found themselves on the front line on the war on terror — have the intelligence information they need to protect this nation against terror attacks?

11. Recent ambush attacks on law enforcement in places like Baton Rouge and Dallas — following other ambush attacks in Lakewood, Las Vegas, West Memphis, and New York City — have police officers on edge and feeling like they have targets on their backs because of the badges on their chests. How will you as president increase officer safety from brazen and seemingly unpredictable attacks?

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