Donald Trump has signed three executive orders to deal with “public safety”, including handing more authority to the police.
At the formal ceremony to appoint Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, the President outlined the new mandate that Mr Sessions would have, including tackling crime, drug cartels and terrorism.
He insisted that the US faced the “threat of rising crime” and that “things will get better very soon”.
“I am directing the Department of Justice to reduce crimes and crimes of violence against law enforcement officers,” he said.
“It’s a shame, what has been happening to our great, our truly great, law enforcement officers. That is going to stop today.”
One of the executive orders seeks to “define new federal crimes, and increase penalties for existing federal crimes, in order to prevent violence” against state and federal police.
In 2016, a total of 135 police officers were killed in the US, a five-year high, according to a report from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Around half of them – 64 officers – were fatally shot while on the job, including 21 who were killed in an ambush-style attack. The number also includes traffic accidents and job-related health issues, for example, heart attacks while working.