Public Safety

A City Seeks Digital Maps of Its Public Building Interiors

As original blueprints are no longer accurate, Aurora, Illinois, wants indoor, "digital twin" imaging to update records and increase public safety.

Police Facebook Pages Overreport Black Suspects

COMMENTARY | Police Facebook posts disproportionately highlight crimes involving Black suspects, research finds.

Political Violence in America is Not Going Away Anytime Soon

COMMENTARY | The rise in contemporary right-wing political extremism – and violence – can be traced back to events in the 1990s.

Fewer Car-Deer Crashes with Permanent Daylight Savings

COMMENTARY | Adopting permanent daylight saving time in the United States would reduce deer-vehicle collisions, report researchers.

Pit Bulls Went From America’s Best Friend to Public Enemy–Now They’re Slowly Coming Full Circle

COMMENTARY | Starting about three decades ago, multiple features of American life converged to inspire bans that made pit bulls outlaws. But breed-specific legislation does not make the public safer, it penalizes responsible owners and their pets.

Court Fights Begin Over Gun Bans in Places Like Subways and Bars

The legal wrangling comes after the Supreme Court placed new limits earlier this year on the restrictions states and localities can impose on where people can carry firearms. For now, it’s left to lower courts to hash out how that looks in practice.

A Major City Moves to Ban Right Turns on Red

It would be the first to do so in the U.S. in over 80 years. But other places are looking at similar restrictions to improve street safety.

Mental Health Crisis Teams Aren’t Just for Cities Anymore

In many cities, social workers and counselors are responding to mental health emergencies that used to be solely handled by police. That approach is spreading to rural areas even though mental health professionals are scarcer and travel distances are longer.

Mayors and Law Enforcement React to Police Funding Package

The U.S. House-passed legislation would provide new federal dollars for hiring officers and other initiatives. But it faces an uncertain path in the Senate.

Democrats Strike Deal to Boost Funding for Police

The package would provide new federal dollars for hiring officers, as well as violence prevention initiatives and job training.

One City's Proposed E-Scooter Ultimatum: No Sidewalks or No Scooting

The new plan under consideration in San Francisco would require all of the transportation devices to have anti-sidewalk technology or to stop operation.

Democrats at ‘Impasse’ Over Added Funding for Police Grants

The money would go to local departments, which are struggling to hire and retain officers. Centrists in the U.S. House want more spending as progressives push for stronger police accountability measures.

Feds Order a Troubled Subway System to Make Immediate Safety improvements

The Federal Transit Administration chided the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority for systemic safety problems, including dozens of injuries and a passenger’s death.

The Growing Movement to Halt Executions in Conservative States

Right-leaning activists are speaking out against the death penalty, saying capital punishment is morally wrong, fails to deter crime and is flawed in other ways as well.

From Book Stacks to Psychosis and Food Stamps, Librarians Confront a New Workplace

As communities try to meet demand for social-net services, some librarians are finding their duties now extend beyond books and periodicals.

US Road Fatalities Soared in Early 2022

The number of people killed in vehicle accidents reached the highest number in 20 years during the first three months of the year, according to a government report released Wednesday.

Reducing Gun Violence: A Complicated Problem Can’t Be Solved With Just One Approach

Indianapolis is trying programs ranging from job skills to therapy to violence interrupters to find out what works

Synthetic Fraud Is On the Rise. Here’s How Governments Can Combat It

COMMENTARY | Fraud will continue at scale as criminals become better networked, using the dark web to share tips including how to fool selfie verification tools.

States Post Yellow Alerts to Try to Nab Hit-and-Run Drivers

Hit-and-run crash fatalities in the United States jumped 26% from 2019 to 2020.