Public Safety

Thermal Body Scans Being Tested at Pedestrian Border Crossings

Customs and Border Protection is piloting the Pedestrian Detection-at-Range system to identify illegal or dangerous items being smuggled through ports of entry.

Bipartisan Support for Red Flag Laws Wanes as GOP Blocks Bills

Midterm-focused Republicans want to galvanize their pro-gun base.

Cracking Cold Cases: Police Turn to Podcasts to Track Down Killers

Law enforcement officials say that department-sponsored podcasts—free, easy to download and available on demand—are perfect for disseminating information. (America’s true-crime obsession doesn’t hurt.)

‘An Insurrection’: When Police Reject a City’s Vaccine Mandate

Chicago employees were required to report their vaccination status by Friday or risk losing pay. The local FOP is encouraging officers not to do so.

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New Tools Help State and Local Governments Battle Ransomware, Other Big Disasters

When governments find themselves being ransomed, their choices are typically to pay, which will undercut their ability to deliver key services to their communities due to budget restrictions, or not pay, resulting in the immediate inability to serve their communities and the loss of key data that will inevitably plague them for years afterwards.

Why Cars Don’t Deserve the Right of Way

COMMENTARY | The simplest way to make roads safer and reduce police violence at the same time.

Using Rapid Drug Analysis to Reduce Opioid Overdose Deaths

A partnership between the Maryland State Police and Maryland Department of Health will allow for faster and broader testing of illicit drugs found in the state.

When the Place You Live Becomes Unlivable

After Hurricane Ida, New Orleanians are weighing the emotional, cultural, and financial costs of leaving the place they call home.

The Best and Worst States for LGBTQ+ People

Nevada ranks as the best state for LGBTQ+ residents while Alabama comes in last, according to a report.

Drought-Stricken Western Towns Say No to Developers

“We need to protect the people who live here before we let more people come in.”

First Major Second Amendment Case Before the Supreme Court in Over a Decade Could Topple Gun Restrictions

COMMENTARY | At issue is the right to carry handguns in public, not just keep them at home.

Reducing the Staggering Backlog of Court Cases

COMMENTARY | State and local leaders can tackle the massive backlog of criminal cases by expanding pretrial services, transforming indigent defense and embracing restorative justice processes.

The Safest and Least Safe Cities in the U.S.

Columbia, Maryland tops a list for safest cities, while St. Louis is at the bottom, according to a recent report.

The Cities With the Heftiest Parking Fines

A new report looks at how violations like blocking traffic, loading zones or pedestrian ramps can put a dent in drivers' wallets.

Red Flag Laws Are Saving Lives. They Could Save More.

Extreme risk protection orders are an underused tool to prevent gun violence.

'God’s Will Is Being Thwarted.' Even in Solid Republican Counties, Hard-Liners Seek More Partisan Control of Elections

The political battle in one Texas county where Trump got 81% of the vote offers a rare view into the virulent distrust and unyielding pressure facing elections administrators.

FCC Renews Effort to Block Robocalls to 911 Call Centers

Under a proposed rule, voice service providers would cross reference autodialed calls with numbers on the do not call list to block any robocalls to emergency lines.

A First Responder Dies Every Other Week on US Roadsides

To protect public safety workers and tow truck drivers and reduce tragedies, traffic safety advocates say ‘move over’ laws are needed in all 50 states.

How Lawyers Could Prevent America’s Eviction Crisis From Getting a Whole Lot Worse

Lawyers may be the only thing standing in the way of eviction for millions of renters.

More Central American Children Could Rejoin Parents in the States

Over 130,000 unaccompanied minors crossed the southern border illegally since October.

Citizen Enforcement of Texas Abortion Ban Could Spread to Other Laws

Two state laws that restrict transgender youth also rely on private civil actions.