- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday will unveil a commission to address problems plaguing law enforcement, including improving technology, civil rights concerns and other issues.

The Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice was created in October through an executive order signed by President Trump. However, the administration has not yet publicly offered details about the commission.

Mr. Barr is expected to announce the commission’s composition and provide more information about its goals.

The commission will make recommendations to the attorney general, who will submit a final report to the president detailing actions that “prevent, reduce, and control crime; increase respect for the law and assist victims,” according to the executive order.

Under the executive order, the commission is expected to report its findings by October, giving its members roughly 10 months to complete their assignment.

Mr. Barr is authorized to appoint both federal and state officials to the commission.

A similar panel was launched by President Johnson in 1965, which resulted in the creation of the 911 emergency call system and improved racial relations. A bipartisan bill to introduce a second commission was introduced in the Senate in 2017 and again last year, but never gained traction among lawmakers.

• Jeff Mordock can be reached at jmordock@washingtontimes.com.

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