There are very important law enforcement decisions a President makes beyond supporting policies and appointing judges. The Attorney General, who heads the entire U. S. Department of Justice, is appointed by the President, as are the 93 United States Attorneys across the country. Bank robbers, interstate drug traffickers, and criminals who smuggle contraband across our borders are prosecuted by these people. The President also appoints the Secretary of State and determines how our country deals with nations that produce illegal drugs or are safe havens for drug cartels and criminals who traffic in illegal firearms, women, and children; pornography; internet fraud; and identity theft. The performance of these agencies can either invite or discourage crime in America. The fundamental responsibility of our government is to assure the safety of its citizens . . . to protect us from threats, be they foreign or domestic. It would be a tragic mistake to elect a President who did not take this responsibility seriously.
While it is difficult to disagree with any of this, the above list of concerns is quite notable for the indirect nature of their relationship to the president. On the other hand, the recitation oddly omits the single most obvious, explicit and direct intersection of presidential power, crime and law enforcement in the U.S. Constitution: the pardon power (See Article II, Section 2). What would really be a tragic mistake is if we elected still yet another president who did not seem to take the pardon power seriously.