Public Safety

Dispatching a 'Battle Buddy' to Help Distressed Veterans

An initiative in Joliet, Illinois, sends police officers with military experience to respond to calls for service involving veterans who need help.

Six U.S. Cities Make the List of Most Surveilled Places in the World

A new report found that CCTV surveillance is increasing in certain areas of the U.S., with one city government watching its citizens from 35,000 cameras.

Money for Silence: A Gag Order Policy with Legal Settlements Divides a Local Government

An executive order signed by Baltimore Mayor Jack Young says the city can’t offer “unreasonable” nondisclosure agreements to people who sue the city and work out agreements—but the city council might try to ban them outright.

A New Law Aims to Help Drivers with Autism Prevent Miscommunication with Police

Texas drivers with communication impediments, such as autism, now have the option to disclose their condition to the DMV.

Study: More than Half of Americans Trust Law Enforcement to Use Facial Recognition Responsibly

Pew Research Center’s study is the latest to conclude Americans are growing more comfortable with having their faces scanned.

Jeffrey Epstein’s Death Highlights Inmate Suicide Problem

At least 10 states have new policies to prevent suicides in jails and prisons.

A State Will Require Civics Education in Prisons

The goal of the new Illinois law is to reduce recidivism, help former prisoners reintegrate into their communities, and boost voter turnout.

‘Storm Area 51’ Could Be a Disaster for Lincoln County

The Facebook event may have started in jest, but local officials are bracing for mayhem.

911 Dispatchers Frequently Release Personal Information of Callers, Report Says

A report out of Chicago finds that the city’s 911 dispatch center is understaffed and doesn’t have clear policies around what information should get relayed on police scanners—creating the perfect environment for mistakes.

Red Flag Laws Spur Debate Over Due Process

Some critics say the increasingly popular gun laws are unconstitutional.

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In Rural Utah, Preventing Suicide Means Meeting Gun Owners Where They Are

Suicide by gun is a particular problem in Utah: the rate in rural areas is double that in urban areas.

When a Cougar Comes to Town

There have been reports of a big cat lurking in Washington’s capital city. A state agency is looking into the sightings.

At least 25% of People in Jail Are Booked More Than Once a Year, Report Says

A new report sheds light on how many people are arrested and booked into jail several times per year, often because of mental health or substance abuse problems.

Ohio Governor Wants to Fix 'Flaw' in Gun Background Check Reporting

Under Gov. Mike DeWine's proposal, state law enforcement agencies would be required to report open warrants and domestic violence convictions to federal authorities for inclusion in the gun background check system.

The Cities Where You Can Pay For Parking Tickets with Donations

Some cities offer short windows where residents can opt to clear tickets by making donations, such as to schools and animal shelters.

Facebook Expands Tool That Lets Local Governments Send Alerts

The system will offer authorities a way to send targeted notifications about emergencies and other issues to residents.

Success of Red Flag Laws Might Depend on Mental Health Teams

Few local police forces are trained to prevent would-be shooters from acting.

California Passes Law to Deter Police Shootings

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The Car Seat Industry Helped Delay a Child Safety Regulation—Again

A long-delayed safety standard for children’s car seats in side-impact crashes is being pushed back further. The industry is arguing that the government should not act without also updating its other safety standards for car seats.