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DOJ Creates Database to Track Federal Law Enforcement Officers Accused of Misconduct

by Samuel Rutherford


As reported by the Associated Press, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced the creation of a database designed to track serious misconduct complaints against federal law enforcement officers. The purpose of the database is to ensure that other agencies do not unknowingly hire officers who have been fired or resigned in response to allegations of serious misconduct.

The database, known as the National Law Enforcement Accountability Database, includes only former and current officers of federal law enforcement agencies with records of serious misconduct over the past seven years. The database is not publicly available and does not include misconduct reports against local or state law enforcement officers, as many police reform groups have advocated for, but it is a step in the right direction.

The database was created in response to an Executive Order issued by President Biden in May 2022, which included dozens of measures aimed at increasing accountability for federal law enforcement officers. “This database will ensure that records of serious misconduct by federal law enforcement officers are readily available to agencies considering hiring those officers,” Biden said in a statement.


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