The Leadership Conference Applauds DOJ Step Forward on Police Accountability

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WASHINGTON Maya Wiley, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement after the Department of Justice launched the National Law Enforcement Accountability Database (NLEAD):

“In order to improve public safety and reduce harms, we need to increase law enforcement transparency, improve data collection, and pass transformative police accountability legislation. Today’s launch of the Department of Justice’s National Law Enforcement Accountability Database (NLEAD) will help to ensure that federal law enforcement candidates are vetted in order to prevent officers who have a history of misconduct from being rehired by other law enforcement agencies. We applaud the DOJ for taking one of the many necessary steps to increase police accountability. NLEAD is one of the hiring and recruitment best practices that has been developed as a result of President Biden’s Executive Order on Advancing Effective and Accountable Policing and Criminal Justice Practices to Enhance Public Trust and Public Safety. We continue to call for full implementation of the policing executive order.”

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