Recently, President Donald Trump took the time to meet with representatives of the Fraternal Order of Police. Also in attendance for the listening session were Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) is the world’s largest organization of law enforcement officers. It currently has more than 330,000 members. The organization continuously works to improve working conditions for law enforcement officers in the country. During the meeting, Trump expressed his praise for the FOP. “So many of you I know for so long, and you’ve been friends of mine, and you do a great job.”
Trump asks what’s going on in Chicago.
During the meeting, Trump took the time to discuss the situation in Chicago. According to the president, as much as 4,386 were shot in Chicago during the last year alone. Meanwhile, around 700 have also been shot since January. He then asked, “What is going on there? There’s no excuse for it.”
According to Neighborhood Scout, the crime rate in Chicago is “considerably higher” compared to other communities in the U.S. The odds of becoming a victim of a violent or property crime in Chicago is typically 1 in 25. There is also a one in 110 chance that you will fall victim to a murder, rape, armed robbery or aggravated assault in Chicago.
On the other hand, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reported that violent crimes were up back in 2015. Furthermore, 71.5 percent of murders in the country involved firearms. All in all, there were 15,696 murders committed that year.
President reiterates crime task force.
“My highest duty as President is the security of our people, the security of our nation,” Trump remarked. He also discussed briefly at various domestic security actions. One of this is the creation of the Task Force on Reducing Violent Crime. It is an interagency task force that is dedicated to dismantling cartels and protecting U.S. borders. Meanwhile, as part of his efforts to reduce gang violence in the country, Trump also pledged to deal with violent criminals, drug dealers and gang members in various communities.
According to White House press secretary Sean Spicer, the meeting discussed the rise of violent crime in the country. They also talked about the increase in ambush-style attacks targeting police and rising opioid problem.
“As President, I will work night and day to make America safe again. And we’ve already done a big part of it,” Trump remarked.