Law Enforcement

Standing with those who keep us safe

Our nation’s law enforcement officers are on the front lines of keeping our communities safe, and Senator Coons believes that they should have the full resources they need to carry out their missions. In a time of limited budgets, it is critical to find new ways that the federal government can better assist law enforcement agencies at the state and local level and share best practices.

In order to deliver on our country’s promise of justice and due process for all, we must continue to work towards reforms that strengthen our judicial system and further protect the rights of crime victims.

As co-chair of the Senate Law Enforcement Caucus, Senator Coons’ law enforcement priorities include:

  • Criminal justice reform.

    Americans deserve a federal commitment to public safety that maximizes the value of every dollar spent. That’s why he supports efforts to reform the criminal justice system, including reforming our criminal sentencing system, the promotion of evidence-based policing and the use of innovative methods such as specialized courts for drug offenses, mental health issues, and veterans.

  • Addressing violence within our communities. The city of Wilmington is facing a large task of reducing violence and violent crimes. Senator Coons lead efforts for Wilmington’s inclusion within the Depart of Justice’s Violence Reduction Network. This program brings together a number of federal law enforcement agencies with the Wilmington Police Department, will work together in an all hands on deck approach curb violence in Wilmington for the safety and peace of mind for their residents.

  • Breaking down silos to fight crime. In Delaware and across the country, cooperation between law enforcement agencies and the communities they police is increasingly important to ensuring public safety. Senator Coons supports responsible information-sharing programs that connect federal, state, and local law enforcement to identify crimes that attempt to exploit jurisdictional boundaries.

  • Ending sexual violence and domestic abuse.The scourge of domestic abuse requires vigilant oversight and a community dedicated to its eradication. Senator Coons was proud to cosponsor and see the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

  • Safety for children and the elderly. Protecting children and the elderly from those who prey upon them requires a partnership between state and federal law enforcement, as well as the private sector. Senator Coons supports legislation that protects victims of child abuse and legislation that prevents court-appointed advocates from abusing elderly clients.