The Hill.com wrote:...The Obama campaign rejected the notion that the senator might be vulnerable to accusations that he is soft on crime, issuing a statement defending the senator’s record on such issues.
“Obama is a strong proponent of tougher measures to fight crime and provide more resources to local law enforcement officers,” the statement read. “His record shows a long and consistent commitment to protecting the communities of Illinois and ensuring the safety of the families he represents.”
Ted Street, president of the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police — a group that endorsed Obama in 2004 — said the senator was immensely helpful in working with police organizations when it came to death-penalty reform.
Laimutis Nargelenas, a lobbyist for the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, said that while Obama did at times vote on the side of “individual rights … [rather] than the ability of law enforcement to get things done,” he was always an independent vote who was very thoughtful on law-and-order issues.
Nargelenas said particularly with legislation allowing undercover officers to record suspects and profile based on race, Obama was considerate of the needs of law enforcement and always looking for ways to balance the needs of police with the “rights of the individual citizen.”
Since Obama was elected to the U.S. Senate, he has been helpful in restoring proposed funding cuts for various police programs, Nargelenas aid.
“When he said he was going to do something, you could always trust him on his word,” Nargelenas said.
RealClearPolitics.com wrote:The National Association of Police Organizations endorsed Barack Obama today. On a conference call with reporters, NAPO president Tom Nee pledged the support of more than 287,000 police officers and 2,000 police organizations from around the country.