The world's largest police union is hopeful that Donald Trump will help decrease federal pressure on police stations across the country once he takes office next year, while civil liberties groups are gearing up for the worst once the "law and order candidate" assumes power.
Trump pledged several times during the campaign that he would be the "law and order" candidate, and his surprise victory most likely means a radical change from the eight years under President Obama, who took steps to investigate and apply other forms of federal pressure on police stations after a series of police shootings.
Now, with Trump just weeks away from taking office, the National Fraternal Order of Police believes Trump is about to cut the cops some slack. Jim Pasco, the union's executive director, told the Washington Examiner that he expects Trump will continue to use "the bully pulpit to remind the country of the importance of police officers," just as he did while campaigning.
Though Trump can only do so much as terms of legislation, Pasco hopes he will impact federal policies with his leadership, as well as "repair the erosion of respect and esteem" to the level for which it was held for law enforcement 10 to 15 years ago.
But Pasco's group also hopes that Trump will use his executive powers to strike down one of President Obama's executive orders. Last year, Obama banned the sale of surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies.
Pasco also hopes Trump will take a more "moderate" approach to what triggers an investigation into a police officer or police department by the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. Under Obama, the department opened 23 investigations into law enforcement agencies, according to The Marshall Project.
It seems a safe bet that these changes are on their way under Trump. As a candidate, Trump went out of his way to show his strong support for law enforcement, especially during his acceptance speech at the Republican National Committee.
"I have a message to every last person threatening the peace on our streets and the safety of our police: when I take the oath of office next year, I will restore law and order our country," Trump said, adding that he will work with and appoint "the best prosecutors and law enforcement officials" to his administration.
On the other side are groups like the American Civil Liberties Union, which is feeling a sense of "urgency" from those who think Trump will have an averse effect on civil liberties.
In the five days following Election Day, ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero announced that group had received 120,000 donations totaling more than $7.2 million. He told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow this week that his group is "in for the fight of our lives" as it preps to counter Trump's proposed policies.
The Black Lives Matter organization has also said it's worried a Trump presidency. In a statement released after Trump's victory, the leaders of the movement said they felt "betrayed."
"Donald Trump has promised more death, disenfranchisement and deportations. We believe him. The violence he will inflict in office, and the permission he gives for others to commit violence, is just beginning to emerge," BLM said in a statement released exclusively to Mic. "In the face of this, our commitment remains the same: protect ourselves and our communities."
Trump is expected to bring back stricter law enforcement policies, such as stop-and-frisk. The practice, which Trump praised throughout his campaign, was ruled unconstitutional in New York City in 2013 because it unfairly targeted minorities. But Trump believes the practice should be adopted nationwide, and believes the issue hasn't been fully settled in the courts.
To counter, civil rights groups like the ACLU have already promised to bring Trump to court over any practice they think are "unlawful and unconstitutional."
Another policy expected to shape the state of policing in the Country is Trump's proposal to ban the entry of Muslims into the country. Trump transition team member and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach told Reuters that the incoming government is considering reinstating a database of immigrants from Muslim-majority countries. The federal government did this from 2002 to 2011.
Anti-Defamation League president Jonathan Greenblatt said he stands by any Muslims who are required to be part of the database.
"If one day Muslims will be forced to register, that is the day that this proud Jew will register as a Muslim," he said in a statement posted on ADL's official Twitter account.
Other groups are simply waiting to see what Trump will do as president before passing judgement. According to Kevin Ring, vice president at Families Against Mandatory Minimums, Trump has a "blank slate" when he takes control of the White House.
Until Trump actually acts as president, FAMM does not want to "pre-judge" what he will do, Ring told the Examiner.
Ring did note, however, that criminal justice reform will clearly not be a priority for Trump as it would have been if Hillary Clinton had won — she made it a priority throughout her campaign and Trump did not. But depending on who Trump appoints as attorney general, reform could actually be on the way.
FAMM is focused on passing prison reform, and passing meaningful criminal justice reform in Congress.
The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, which was a bipartisan bill introduced last fall, still sits waiting to be brought to the full Senate floor for a vote. FAMM is a strong supporter of the legislation, which among other things, reduces mandatory minimums for drug crimes from 20-years to 15-years.