Press Release

The States Support the Executive Order on Policing

Alexis Jarrett

The States Support the Executive Order on Policing

ARLINGTON, VA – (JUNE 16, 2020) Today, President Donald Trump announced an executive order on policing reforms. The executive order calls on police departments to improve training standards and to increase accountability and transparency. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) – the country’s largest voluntary organization of state legislators — voices its support for this executive order.

“We fully support efforts to address and prevent abuses of power.  The President’s Executive Order is a step in the right direction,” said ALEC Chairman and Mississippi Speaker Philip Gunn. “My fellow ALEC board members and I have engaged the full capacity of the most important state policy organization to ensure equal protection and opportunity under the law.”

“No individual should feel threatened or be treated differently based on the color of their skin,” said ALEC CEO Lisa B. Nelson. “ALEC stands in support of this executive order. A criminal justice system that respects human dignity, ensures equal justice under the law, and keeps communities safe should be the goal of all Americans. We remain hopeful that the issue of police reform will be addressed with a strong, nonpartisan solidarity – just like we saw with the FIRST STEP Act.”

ALEC members will discuss the draft model Statement of Principles on Policing and Community Engagement during the 47th ALEC Annual Meeting, which highlights reforming police training methods and improving accountability and community engagement. Fairness, justice, equal protection and safety within our criminal justice system, and in communities, are the only means for protecting and serving all Americans.

The executive order was supported by of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, the National Fraternal Order of Police, the National District Attorney’s Association, and other law enforcement groups.


The American Legislative Exchange Council is the largest nonpartisan, voluntary membership organization of state legislators in the United States. The Council is governed by state legislators who comprise the Board of Directors and is advised by the Private Enterprise Advisory Council, a group of private, foundation and think tank members. For more information about the American Legislative Exchange Council, please visit: