Law Enforcement

Autonomous Vehicle Camera Footage Could Aid Police Investigations

Data collected by the vehicles in one city shows promise, but privacy advocates say the evidences shows law enforcement agencies are expanding their pervasive surveillance.

New Jersey Combating Vehicle Theft With License Plate Readers

The state will expand its network of high-speed automated cameras to crack down on record numbers of stolen cars.

Biden Wants to Send Even More Federal Dollars to States and Localities

The president's budget plan would raise spending in areas like housing and law enforcement. The proposals come as billions in pandemic aid is flowing to the state and local level.

States Likely to Resist CDC Proposal Easing Opioid Access

Forty states limit the number of days a painkiller prescription can last.

Some Unusual State and Local Laws to Take Note of This Valentine's Day

A number of state and municipal laws deal with relationships—both good and bad ones.

The Biden Administration’s Plea to ‘Sanctuary’ Cities Gets a Cool Reception

The Department of Homeland Security is trying to foster greater cooperation with local governments on immigration enforcement following the strained relations of the Trump years.

Bridge Collapse Revives Criticism Over Using Road Dollars for Police

It's common for states to use gas tax revenue to support law enforcement agencies. But is it a good idea?

New App Tracks Terrorism-linked Events in Local Communities

Once the app is rolled out to first responders in states and localities, law enforcement in other parts of the country can see events in real-time, according to government officials.

New Orleans Leans Into Data to Reduce Over Incarceration

A $474K grant will provide the city with data and analytic assistance to address racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal legal system.

As Legal Marijuana Use Takes Off, How Can Regulating Bodies Keep Pace With the Laws?

COMMENTARY | With more states legalizing marijuana, government agencies must equip themselves with the technology and tools to regulate its use.

5 Unusual State Laws Across the US

There is a wide range of unlikely state laws nationwide, including ones prohibiting biting a person's arm (or leg) off to swearing at kids' sports events.

States With the Most and Least At-risk Youth

Louisiana ranks as the state with the most at-risk youth while Massachusetts ranks as the state with the least, according to a report.

Taking Race Out of Criminal Charges

Prosecutors in Yolo County, California, are attempting “race-blind charging” by using software to redact identifying information, including race and other descriptors, from police reports.

We Can’t Transform Policing Without Addressing Trauma

COMMENTARY | Studies show that many police officers suffer trauma on the job. Officer wellness programs can help them better serve their communities.

Local Leaders Beg for 'Substantial State Assistance, Immediately' to Combat Illegal Marijuana Farms

An Oregon county declared a state of emergency and is requesting $750,000, 45 new employees and the National Guard, which officials say is necessary because the illegal businesses are running rampant, depleting resources and spiking crime.

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.)

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.

A State Moves to Establish a Process for Revoking Police Officer 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.

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.