Shelby County sheriff one of 18 officials appointed to Trump law enforcement commission
Shelby County Sheriff John Samaniego on Wednesday was named by the U.S. Department of Justice as an appointee to the newly-established Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr appointed Samaniego and 17 other law enforcement officials from across the nation to the commission, which was created through executive order by President Donald Trump in late October.
The commission will explore modern issues affecting law enforcement that most impact the ability of American policing to reduce crime, according to the DoJ.
“There is no more noble and important profession than law enforcement,” Barr said in a statement. “A free and safe society requires a trusted and capable police force to safeguard our rights to life and liberty.”
“But as criminal threats and social conditions have changed the responsibilities and roles of police officers, there is a need for a modern study of how law enforcement can best protect and serve American communities,” he continued. “This is why the President instructed me to establish this critical Commission, whose members truly reflect the best there is in law enforcement. Together, we will examine, discuss, and debate how justice is administered in the United States and uncover opportunities for progress, improvement, and innovation.”
Read more about the commission here.
Congrats to Shelby Co Sheriff John Samaniego on his appointment to POTUS’s new Commission on Law Enforcement & the Administration of Justice! He has served Alabama’s 6th District with honor and I’m confident he will do the same in this new position. #AL06https://t.co/VJ5aQE8nSs
— Gary Palmer (@USRepGaryPalmer) January 22, 2020
This comes after Samaniego was recently named as the winner of the 2019 Crime Stopper of the Year Award by Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama.
On Monday, he was one of eight Alabama sheriffs to publicly endorse former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ 2020 bid to return to the Senate.
Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn