- The Washington Times
Friday, September 16, 2016

The country’s largest police union on Friday endorsed Donald Trump for president, calling the Republican candidate “a proven leader” who is not afraid to make tough choices.

The National Fraternal Order of Police, which represents more than 330,000 officers across the country, granted the endorsement to Mr. Trump with more than two-thirds support from its national board.

“He understands and supports our priorities and our members believe he will make America safe again,” said FOP President Chuck Canterbury.

The decision comes after the FOP announced earlier this year that Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton had declined to answer a questionnaire, which the organization requires before inviting candidates to speak with the group for a potential endorsement.

“Obviously, this is an unusual election,” Mr. Canterbury said. “We have a candidate who declined to seek an endorsement and a candidate without any record as an elected official.”

He went on to say that the FOP looks forward to working with Mr. Trump on the issues that matter to the nation’s public safety officials.

“He’s made a real commitment to America’s law enforcement, and we’re proud to make a commitment to him and his campaign by endorsing his candidacy today,” Ms. Canterbury said.

• Andrea Noble can be reached at anoble@washingtontimes.com.

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