Trump vows law and order crackdown to combat 'menace' of crime

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

New York [USA], Feb. 10(ANI): US President Donald Trump signed three new executive orders on Thursday that he said are 'designed to restore safety in America.' According to CNN, Trump signed the executive orders in the Oval Office after swearing in Attorney General Jeff Sessions. One of the orders, aimed at "reducing crime and restoring public safety," directs Sessions to establish a new Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety. The task force will develop "strategies to reduce crime, including, in particular, illegal immigration, drug trafficking and violent crime," propose new legislation, and submit at least one report to the President within the next year. The orders direct the attorney general to "review existing federal laws to determine whether those laws are adequate to address the protection and safety of federal, state, tribal, and local law enforcement officers". Grant funding programmes currently administered by the Department of Justice will also be examined, raising the prospect of a struggle over funding priorities and the possibility of cuts for initiatives which do not directly support and protect police. A new taskforce will report within a year with emphasis on identifying areas where the law needs to be strengthened, better strategies for fighting crime and evaluating crime statistics to see if they are adequate. One of the orders focuses on drug cartels, human trafficking, corruption, cybercrime, fraud, intellectual property theft and money laundering. A working group will report within 120 days on the scale of organised international crime and its penetration into the US. (ANI)