Public Safety

A State Moves to Establish a Process for Revoking Police Officer’s Licenses

California is one of just four states without such a system in place. A bill that would change that is awaiting Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signature.

States Use Hurricane Ida Damage to Push Infrastructure Bill

Governors of both parties are lobbying Congress to ensure resilience measures are included.

Liberals Think Gun Violence is a Big Problem, Conservatives Not So Much

Overall, around half of all U.S. residents see gun violence as a huge issue in the country, according to a recent report from the Pew Research Center.

Public Health Should Be 'Pivotal' Part of Emergency Response

COMMENTARY | Could reform of emergency call systems play an important role in improving safety as well as police-community relations? A new 911 reform initiative is betting it could.

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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.

Justice Department Issues New Rules to Monitor Oversight of Police

The changes are meant to help minimize the costs of consent decrees to local jurisdictions and to avoid any conflict of interest among the monitors who oversee the reforms.

Redistricting Battles Kick Off in State Courts

Nearly 50 redistricting cases have been filed in at least 22 states.

Advancing Local Emergency Response 20 Years After 9/11

One of the biggest lessons to come out of the terrorist attacks was the importance of regional cooperation and training in emergency preparedness, experts said.

Canceled Fines and Fees, $0 Cash Bail. Will Pandemic-era Criminal Justice Changes Stick?

A group that advocates for incarcerated people provides states and localities recommendations for keeping citizens who committed minor offenses out of jails and prisons.

Why People Resist Disaster Preparedness Spending

COMMENTARY | If the New Orleans region had invested more aggressively in disaster preparedness instead of disaster relief, the total cost of Hurricane Katrina could have been just $7 billion.

How Cities Are Marking the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

Events to honor those who lost their lives are planned this week, including a reading of the names of the nearly 3,000 victims and other remembrances.

Congressional Funding Sought to Implement Policy on Body-Worn Cameras

The announcement follows tensions with some local police departments over the authority to release footage recorded during joint operations.

Protecting New York City 20 years after 9/11

A look at the controversial counterterrorism efforts that reshaped the NYPD and whether it was all worth it.

The Prison Population is Falling, But in Some States Lots of People Are Still Locked Up

Incarceration rates have been dropping for years. Here’s where prisons and jails are still packed.

Autonomous Drones Could Speed Up Search and Rescue After Flash Floods, Hurricanes and Other Disasters

COMMENTARY | Drones that do not require individual pilots could cover ground quickly and identify people in need of help.

We’re Hitting the Limits of Hurricane Preparedness

Cities simply don’t have enough time to run from a storm like Ida.

Another State Will Train Police to Draw Blood From Drunk Driving Suspects

Georgia will establish a phlebotomy program to instruct law enforcement officers on how to collect blood samples, the latest in a growing number of states to embrace the practice.

The States With the Most Armed Protests

New research seeks to document instances across the U.S. where people demonstrated with firearms. A sizable share of the gatherings took place at government sites.

Lawmakers Call Foul on Referee Abuse

Wisconsin is one of a half-dozen states considering umpire and referee protection legislation this year.

Get Police Vaccinated

COMMENTARY | And prison guards, and jail workers, and anyone else charged with protecting the public’s safety.

Alcohol Consumption Falls to Near 20-Year Lows, Poll Finds

Adults who say they drink beer, wine or spirits dropped to 60%, a Gallup poll shows. However, other research suggests alcohol consumption spiked dramatically during the early months of the pandemic.