Trump’s election brought significant changes to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), beginning with the appointment of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who quickly announced the formation of a DOJ Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety to address violent crime such as drug trafficking, gang violence, and gun crimes.U.S. Department of Justice, “Attorney General Announces Crime Reduction and Public Safety Task Force,” press release (Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, February 17, 2017).
The work and findings of this task force are likely to set the agenda for federal policing priorities under the Trump administration. However, on July 26, 2017, the deadline for initial recommendations, no recommendations were disclosed; rather, the attorney general said he was receiving and acting on recommendations “on a rolling basis."“Statement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Recommendations from the Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety,” press release, (Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, July 26, 2017).