Law Enforcement

Don’t Make Intimate Violence Victims Look for Help

COMMENTARY | Research shows victims fare better when police and community organizations coordinate assistance.

A Move to Allow Digital Driver’s Licenses as a Legal Form of ID

Under a Colorado program, bars and other businesses will have the choice of whether or not to accept them. Similar initiatives are taking shape in other states.

How a Community Apologized for Failing to Stop a Predator

Police in Meridian Township, Michigan, dismissed a 2004 complaint against gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, a decision that allowed him to continue abusing young women for a decade. Then they went public with their mistake.

Restore Pell Grant Eligibility to Incarcerated Students

COMMENTARY | The National District Attorneys Association, the largest group representing prosecutors, supports federal grant funding for prisoners to get college degrees.

Want a Good Police K9? Try the Animal Shelter.

Rescue dogs, including pit bulls, are finding work as police K9s across the country.

Cities, States Urge Supreme Court to Hear Homeless Camping Ban Case

After a Boise, Idaho law that prohibits sleeping in public spaces was ruled unconstitutional by an appellate court, some local governments are raising concerns about how they can now legally address problems stemming from homeless people living on the streets.

Arrests of 6-Year-Olds Show the Perils of Putting Police in Elementary Schools

COMMENTARY | About one-third of America's elementary schools have a school police officer on hand. Do these officers make schools safer, or are they turning primary schools into mini police precincts?

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.

Facial Recognition Software Incorrectly Flags 26 State Lawmakers as Criminals, ACLU Says

One California lawmaker said a recent test of Amazon's technology is proof that it should be kept from body-worn police cameras. The company says the testing method used by the ACLU wasn't fair.

Ohio Governor Urges State to Seize 'Window of Opportunity' on Gun Laws

Two days after a mass shooting in Dayton, Gov. Mike DeWine called for the state legislature to pass a “red flag” law, toughen background checks, and improve access to the state’s mental health system.

White-Nationalist Terrorism Must Be Stopped

COMMENTARY | Conservatives have not been afraid to confront extremism in our world, and we must not be afraid to confront terrorism here at home.

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Two Mayors on the Mass Shootings in Dayton and El Paso

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | No more disposable water bottles in San Francisco airport … Challenging new voting law in Florida … A hold on Puerto Rico’s disaster money.

The Hidden Challenges in Police Use of Facial Recognition Technology

The Orlando Police Department ended its pilot program involving facial recognition technology this month, saying the agency was unable to devote the necessary resources to the program.

Marijuana Banking Legislation Gets Attention in U.S. Senate

Meanwhile, Democrats have introduced bills in both chambers of Congress that would decriminalize cannabis at the federal level.

Allowing Paramedics to Treat Injured Police Dogs

Only a handful of states have laws that explicitly allow EMTs to treat injured K9s. Some Massachusetts lawmakers hope their state will be next.

Appeals Court: DOJ Can Hand Out Police Grants Based on Immigration Enforcement

A federal appeals court ruled that the Trump administration can effectively penalize sanctuary cities by awarding preference points for COPS grants to jurisdictions that cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

Local Officials Want Feds to Scrap Policy Blocking People in Jail From Medicaid

A federal law can lead to breaks in health care benefits for those awaiting trial. Counties and sheriffs plan to lobby for this to be changed.

Despite Federal Protections, Rape Victims Still Get Billed For Forensic Exams

For 25 years, the federal Violence Against Women Act has required any state that wants to be eligible for certain federal grants to certify that the state covers the cost of medical forensic exams for people who have been sexually assaulted.

How a State Police Agency Goes Viral (and Maybe Teaches People How to Drive)

The Colorado State Patrol develops relationships with the community and grows its online presence by posting humorous topical videos, a project spearheaded by one of its public information officers.

These Police Can't Use Radar and Changing That Could Be an Uphill Battle

Pennsylvania is the only state in the country where local police departments can't use speed-detecting radar. Multiple bills aim to give them access.