Presidential Candidate Questionnaire

8. The Fraternal Order of Police supports the creation of a national commission to examine our nation’s criminal justice systems and to make recommendations to Congress based on their findings. A similar commission established in 1965 resulted in a huge step forward for the profession of law enforcement and the criminal justice system at every level of government. We believe that the integrity and credibility of such a commission depends on it being created by an act of Congress, not an executive order. To this end, the FOP supports the passage of S. 306, the “National Criminal Justice Commission Act.” Would you sign this bill into law and would you support such a commission? How would you ensure that the Fraternal Order of Police and the interests of its members are represented on such a commission?

Obama: Although communities and law enforcement professionals have worked to achieve significant gains in public safety in the last few decades, the United States’ criminal justice system continues to face significant challenges. Over the past 25 years, the U.S. prison and jail population reached an all-time high and the number of people on probation and parole doubled. In 2009, nearly 7 million individuals were under supervision of the state and federal criminal justice systems. Yet despite these significant expenditures, far too many offenders return to drug use and crime upon their reentry into society.

To address these and other challenges in the criminal justice system, my administration has consistently supported law enforcement and community policing efforts, gang violence prevention, and drug treatment. Our National Drug Control Strategy encourages the implementation of a continuum of evidenced-based interventions to protect the safety of the community while addressing the needs of offenders. My administration will continue to focus efforts and resources on key activities and policy issues that will advance an effective and efficient criminal justice system. A blue-ribbon commission could help clarify the choices our country faces in addressing its criminal justice challenges.

Romney: Although I believe our national criminal justice systems need to be studied and improvements made, where appropriate, I do not believe meaningful and cost-effective reforms will come from a blue ribbon panel that removes accountability from our policy makers and political leaders. In my view, the best model for federal criminal justice reform can be traced to the strong leadership efforts during the Reagan administration to champion several groundbreaking initiatives, including transformational bail and truth-in-sentencing reforms. The best recipe for meaningful future reforms to our criminal justice system is strong presidential and executive branch leadership to propose and champion such reforms. As president, I would value and insist upon gaining the full participation and candid views of local, state, and federal law enforcement in any study or evaluation of our nation’s criminal justice system. The views of the Fraternal Order of Police would be a key and core component of my administration’s engagement with law enforcement.

9. The FOP has long been concerned about foreign governments providing shelter for criminals who commit murder or other serious violent crimes in this country, and subsequently flee to another. The FOP strongly opposes normalization of relations with Cuba until this issue is resolved, but travel restrictions that were in place for decades have recently been relaxed. We have been equally critical of other governments, including France, Israel, and Mexico, on this same point. At the FOP’s Biennial National Conference in 2007, our membership adopted a resolution urging the President of the United States and the Congress to take any and all measures necessary to enforce the 1978 Extradition Treaty made between the United Mexican States and the United States of America, “including, but not limited to the cancellation or renegotiation of the Extradition Treaty” and imposition of sanctions “including but not limited to rescinding all financial aid and support to that Government and any and all benefits afforded to that Government under the North American Free Trade Agreement” to ensure that those who commit crimes of violence in the United States are extradited and prosecuted under the laws of the United States. What steps will you and your Administration take to place pressure on Cuba, Mexico and other foreign governments that provide safe harbor for those who commit crimes of violence in the U.S.? Will you pledge to make sure that your Administration fully addresses the issue of extradition of existing and future fugitives when considering agreements with foreign governments?

Obama: Cooperation with U.S law enforcement efforts, including observance of the letter and spirit of the extradition treaty, is a key component of the shared relationship between Mexico and the United States. With respect to Mexico and other countries, my administration will continue to use the full range of diplomatic and political resources at its disposal to emphasize the importance of such cooperation and achieve improvements where necessary.

Romney: As a general matter, the United States has a compelling and legitimate interest in ensuring that individuals who commit violent crimes in this country are extradited and prosecuted under the laws of the United States. In dealing with foreign governments, my administration would consider the full range of options, from diplomacy to sanctions, to ensure that criminals are brought to the United States to face justice.

I have made it clear that my administration would take a tough approach with Cuba, including reinstating remittance and travel restrictions and ending the policies of appeasement that have been pursued with a predictable lack of success by the current administration. Throughout the last several decades, Cuba has become a safe haven for cop killers like Joanne Chesimard, who murdered a law enforcement officer in New Jersey, and Charles Hill, who was involved in the murder of a law enforcement officer in New Mexico. Cuba has refused to extradite these and other violent criminals to the United States to face prosecution. That is unacceptable, and any path towards normalized relations with Cuba must also include an agreement to extradite for prosecution those who have committed violent crimes in the United States.

Mexico’s track record is somewhat better in this area, particularly after a 2008 ruling by that country’s Supreme Court permitting extradition to countries where the accused could face life in prison without the possibility of parole. Nonetheless, Mexico continues to harbor violent fugitives who could face the death penalty in the United States. One foreign nation’s extradition policy should not dictate law enforcement or prosecution decisions in the United States. As president, I will work to ensure that Mexico continues to improve its extradition record with the United States, and that the issue of extradition is fully addressed when considering new agreements with foreign governments.

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Dear Brothers and Siters. We serve the risen Lord. Every decision we make in Law Enforcement is guided or should be guided by the power of the Holy Spirit. When you decide who to vote for, don’t consider wordly things, but consider what is in the bible. Which one of these candidates line up with your Christian views. Who is for for the unborn? I know most Police Officers would prosecute anyone who injures a fetus or kills a little baby. Who supports the rights of a man and woman to marry and concieve children in a natural God given way? What happens to many of the children of blended families, fatherless homes, domestic disputes? As our brother David pointed out, Mr. Obama said the Police Officers “acted stupidly” when they confronted an unidentified tresspasser until proven otherwise. Mr. Obama condemed the latino in Florida who shot a young black male before an investigation was complete. Where is the support for the police officers killed in the line of duty by the thugs and criminals in America? Do any of you know of Mr. Obama coming to the aid of a stricken Law Enforcement family like he did for the above cases I cited along with that college female who needs $3,000 / mth for healthcare so she can have uninterrupted sex while in college?? How about refusing to fight for the christian values? What about not agreeing to meet with the Israel President but appearing on the View and Late SHow? The battle in America is the same on your beat!! It is a battle between “GOOD” and evil. You have the wisdom and power to make a difference! Pray and discern the spirit. God Bless You All!

PrezBO is most assuredly a marxist and socialist. Government dependency for total life sustainability is not the answer, nor any substitute to individual accountability and responsibility. The National FOP lodge needs to be more transparent and informed about labor unions issues by state, rather than lumping altogether issues that don’t necessarily apply in all cases. At least Romney has a proven track record or creating jobs and troubleshooting issues that resulted in success rather than failure. What has the “community organizer” ever done in that regard? Four more years of Obama will further plunder this country into complete financial ruin and ultimately destroy whatever protections we currently have!

I agree with Gary’s assement. I graded the answers as 7 for Obama and 24 for Romney. As Gary stated Obama had some wins early on but failed miserably overall.

I do not understand how one can not take him as a socialist/Marxist whichever term you use but the 2008 election proved millions didn’t see it even though his book and his “we will fundamentally change America” he clearly said so.

Let’s just hope he fails in his bid to get a 2nd term that we can not afford.

As a military veteran and retired Police officer I’ve spent most of my life to serve & protect this country and its people. Your labeling of our President as a Marxist only exhibits your lack of knowledge concerning political views throughout the world. Our Presidend is as Democratic as any other in his views of fairness for the people. Obama 2012.

David is wise to doubt that Obama either likes LE or the FOP, just as he has nothing but contempt for the military. He will say or do anything for votes. I have never seen anyone who can lie so constantly. Don’t be fooled by him, Lorin. And yes – as Joe implies, he is a Marxist.

First, I do respect everyone’s individual opinion. I just wish I could understand how anyone can still believe Obama is in any way good for this great country of ours, much less the law enforcement! Think back at how he has been the first to jump out and publicly question law enforcements actions – such as the arrest of his law professor friend. It is obvious to me that he does not care for or respect law enforcement.
Let’s face it – all of Obama’s records are “sealed” and therefore, we know nothing about him other than the fact that he has more than doubled the nations debt in just three years and that he has done nothing that he said he would do. I am truly worried that if he is re-elected for another term our great country will suffer irreparible damage. He is a great speaker, but look what he has done and/or not done – not what he says! He is one of the best liars I have seen.

I just don’t believe our president genuinely likes Law Enforcement and/or the FOP. If he gets our support, I believe he would simply use this organization strictly as a political tool in his chest, and we would not realize any benefit or support. The FOP and LE overall may not get everything we would like to see take place under Romney, (and he does have his problems), but that would be better than being used or worse. I just cannot vote for or support Obama/Biden.

Mr. Obama has the slick answers, but Mr. Romney has in my opinion even when saying something I disagree with, the most honest answers. Mr. Obama is much more political, saying what we want to hear. Mr. Romney says what he believes.

Your mind is made up and there is no changing it. President Obama will continue to enhance the rights and grouth of the middle class whereas Mr Romney will continue his approach of establishing two classes; the very rich and the very poor. I don’t know many Police officers who are not considered middle class and I can’t believe Romney is going to make them rich. Obama is my choice to protect the rights of the people..

And it appears that your mind is made up as well. I recall being in class when a classmate got upset about comments made about the current president. She stated that she was a staunch member of the President’s political party. I told her that people who set their mind to vote for a label, and do not look at all the options scare me. The same applies here. No matter what happens or is discovered, You will only consider OBama

Excellent set of questions posted by the FOP to the candidates. Obama was able to align more closely with the FOP on a few of the labor related issues at the beginning, but otherwise his answers were largely political fluff. It seemed to me that Romney clearly understood, respected and sympathized more with the general law enforcement perspective and also his views on many of these issues more closely reflect the views shared by most Americans. I was impressed by the candid and pragmatic, yet thoughtful answers he provided.

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