Law Enforcement

50% of Americans Think Gun Violence is a ‘Very Big Problem’

But attitudes about gun violence differ widely by race, ethnicity, party affiliation and community, according to a Pew Research Center analysis.

Cops Scramble to Deal With Deadly Road Rage During Pandemic

Police in some areas say they’ve seen road rage incidents spike during the COVID-19 pandemic.

DOJ to Help Rural and Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies Buy Body-Worn Cameras

The $7.65 million competitive grants program will also help agencies with fewer than 50 personnel.

Police Recruitment is Down. How One State is Partnering to Boost the Ranks

Ohio’s Office of Law Enforcement Recruitment is launching a pilot program at two universities that guarantees criminal justice graduates jobs in local law enforcement.

What Law Enforcement Leaders Need to Know About Use-of-Force Data

The results of collecting and analyzing data can provide critical information to minimize unnecessary use-of-force incidents, according to the Police Executive Research Forum.

The Authoritarian Instincts of Police Unions

COMMENTARY | They condition their members to see themselves as soldiers at war with the public they are meant to serve, and above the laws they are meant to enforce.

Me-OW: One State’s Plan to Demand Justice for Run-Over Cats

A bill in New Hampshire would require residents who hit cats with their cars to report the collisions or face a $1,000 fine, similar to laws in other states.

Lifetime Registry for Sex Offenders is Unconstitutional, a State Supreme Court Rules

Calling South Carolina’s law “the most stringent in the country,” the unanimous ruling requires the General Assembly to amend the policy within 12 months.

States Look to Ban Police From Lying During Interrogations

Lawmakers in Illinois approved legislation that would prohibit police from lying to minors during interrogations, and similar proposals are underway in other states.

Texas Moves to Ban Police From Participating in Reality Shows

The legislation came after a Black man died in police custody in 2019 while being filmed for a documentary TV series. The footage was destroyed, and details of his death emerged only after local news outlets pushed for answers.

Online, Mug Shots Are Forever. Some States Want to Change That.

People are innocent until proven guilty, but the public release of mug shots taken at the time of arrest can become a barrier to housing, employment and personal relationships.

Texas’ Larger Cities Would Face Financial Penalties for Cutting Police Budgets Under Bill Approved by House

Previously, the Senate approved a bill that would ask for an election if cities decide to reduce law enforcement budgets.

The Feds Are Investigating Local Police Departments Again. Here's What to Expect.

Louisville and Minneapolis are in line for contentious, years-long probes.

Hackers Steal Washington, D.C. Police Files, Threaten to Release Data

Ransomware threats are nothing new to local governments, but experts say this one poses significant risk to officers and ongoing investigations.

Policing the Police: Justice Department Launches Probe in Minneapolis

Derek Chauvin’s criminal conviction won’t solve systemic policing problems. Experts said the DOJ’s resumption of pattern or practice investigations can help spur local police reform.

Local Corrections Costs Rose by $25 Billion in Last 40 Years

But the coronavirus has ushered in creative lower-cost alternative jail programs that could last long after the pandemic, local leaders say.

Bestiality is Legal in Four States. Two Are Trying to Change That.

Lawmakers in Hawaii and Wyoming have proposed measures to formally outlaw sexual abuse of animals, a crime that animal rights advocates say is often hidden in plain sight.

Colorado Bill Would Give Rape, Sexual Assault Survivors Evidence Updates

The legislation, if passed, would allow victims to receive updates on the status of their test kits when the results are received, among other things.

A Police Union Contract Puts Taxpayers on the Hook to Defend Officers When the City Won’t

A little-known labor contract provision obligates New Yorkers to help pay officers’ legal bills in lawsuits that city lawyers won’t defend.

Miami Beach Extends Curfew, State of Emergency as Visitors Swamp South Florida

City officials called an emergency meeting Sunday in Miami Beach to discuss mitigation measures for throngs of unruly gatherers after a week of arrests, fights and crowd-control headaches.