Executive Order #13929
Safe Policing for Safe Communities – L.E. Agency Use of Force Credentialing
Through President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order No. 13929, the U.S. Attorney General, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, will allocate Department of Justice discretionary grant funding only to state, county, municipal, and university or college law enforcement agencies that have obtained (or are in the process of seeking) credentials certifying that they meet certain mandatory and discretionary standards for safe policing, to be set by the U.S. Attorney General. The Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police has been appointed by the U.S. Attorney General’s Office to serve as the credentialing body for the state of Tennessee.
Using safe policing principles, law enforcement will continue striving to improve policies and procedures — ensuring transparent, safe, and accountable delivery of services to our communities. This will enhance citizen confidence in law enforcement and facilitate the identification and correction of internal issues before they result in injury to the public or to law enforcement officers.
Accordingly, set forth below are the U.S. Department of Justice’s standards on safe policing for securing credentials certifying compliance with Executive Order No. 13929 and eligibility for discretionary grants. The U.S. Attorney General will regularly review this document and revise it as appropriate.
Pursuant to Section 2 of Executive Order No. 13929, an independent credentialing body shall certify an applying law enforcement agency if the independent credentialing body determines — or, within the past 36 months, has already determined — that the following two conditions have been met:
A. Adherence to Applicable Laws
The applying agency maintains use of force policies that adhere to all applicable federal, state, and local laws.
B. Prohibition of Choke Holds
The applying agency maintains use of force policies that prohibit the use of choke holds, except in situations where the use of deadly force is allowed by law.
Please complete the required form by clicking on the TN CERTIFICATION FORM ON USE OF FORCE button below.