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The Marshall Project

Simone Weichselbaum

14 February 2019

United States

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As police departments across the country face a shortage in recruitments, states like Tennessee and Colorado have lifted the ban on non-citizens from becoming officers. As a result, jurisdictions that allow this hav...

Half Moon Bay Review

Libby Leyden

13 February 2019

San Mateo, California, United States

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After realizing a gap at the intersection of mental health care and emergency responders, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office has formed a partnership with the county Behavioral Health and Recovery Services and crea...

Albuquerque Journal

Ryan Boetel

11 February 2019

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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The Albuquerque Police Department is rolling out a new program that aims to get people the help they need rather than place them in jail where they are likely to relapse. Similar to programs already working in other s...

Albuquerque Journal

Ryan Boetel

4 February 2019

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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The Albuquerque Police Department is one of the most recent departments to pilot the use of a videoconferencing system that aims to train officers in crisis intervention methods. This technology has allowed officers t...

The Guardian

Senay Boztas

4 February 2019

The Hague, Netherlands

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The European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation, otherwise known as Europol, is using crowdsourcing to identify locations involved in both past and current child abuse cases. By posting unedited images onlin...

Government Technology (GovTech)

Zack Quaintance

1 February 2019

Portland, Oregon, United States

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To tackle the backlog of untested sexual assault kits, police agencies in Portland, Oregon collaborated with the Portland Bureau of Technology Services to create a tracking system for the kits, leading to a decrease i...

KSHB

Kevin Holmes

31 January 2019

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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Parts of Kansas City were once regarded as high-crime areas, but thanks to a change in police practices, those crime rates have significantly decreased. Using a form of proactive policing that has officers on foot pat...

The Buffalo News

Maki Becker

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24 January 2019

Buffalo, New York, United States

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A rise in gun violence has lead the Buffalo, New York police department to change the way they respond to homicides. By forming a new unit that responds only to failed attempts at homicide, the department is now able ...

Daily Emerald

Casey Miller

22 January 2019

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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A collaborative effort between the University of Oregon Police Department, the university’s Office of the Dean of Students, and student-led The Bond Project is working to create a safer nightlife culture for students ...

The Marshall Project

Eli Hager

Justin George

17 January 2019

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Across the United States, district attorney’s are creating blacklists, or “do not call” lists, of police officers that have allegedly lied, abused their power, or have been corrupted. The purpose is to prevent untrust...

The Boston Globe

John R. Ellement

16 January 2019

Massachusetts, United States

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After a successful test run, Massachusetts residents can now text 911 in the event of an emergency where it's too dangerous to call. Although there are limitations this approach, known as the Next Generation 911 syste...

Dayton Daily News

Katie Wedell

11 January 2019

Dayton, Ohio, United States

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Montgomery County in Ohio cut overdose deaths nearly in half thanks to combined efforts from city officials, local organizations and community members. Among other tactics, the standout solutions was the partnership t...

CNN

Bill Kirkos

1 January 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Data-driven policing, higher rates of gun seizures, increased hiring and a focus on improving community trust have positively impacted Chicago police. For second year in a row, the city saw a drop in murder rates, sho...

WHYY

Bobby Allyn

31 December 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Radio

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In Philadelphia, where the homicide rate recently hit a ten-year high, teams known as violence interrupters are stepping in to employ crisis intervention in high-risk areas. By using several different tactics includin...

Coloradoan

Saja Hindi

27 December 2018

Larimer County, Colorado, United States

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Mobile fingerprint scanners are proving to be a useful asset to the Larimer County Sheriff's Office in Northern Colorado. From confirming the identity of those without their license to identifying a dead body, this te...

The Marshall Project

Abbie Vansickle

Manuel Villa

21 December 2018

California, United States

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After San Joaquin County adopted a slew of criminal justice reforms, crime dropped by 20 percent, the lowest number in a decade. One of the things that was implemented were speciality courts aimed at decreasing arrest...

Mission Local

Julian Mark

18 December 2018

Washington, United States

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The Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission has developed a training approach that emboldens police officers’ sense of guardianship by teaching empathy, how to build trust, and how to listen. As San Fran...

OPB

Dave Miller

10 December 2018

Eugene, Oregon, United States

Radio

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Twenty percent of 911 and non-emergent calls that come into Eugene and Springfield in Oregon are now handled by a program known as Crisis Assistance Helping Out on the Streets (CAHOOTS). Instead of sending police to t...

Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Brandon Stahl

9 December 2018

West Valley City, Utah, United States

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In West Valley City, Utah, the police department has transformed how they handle sex crimes. Department reforms include mandatory training on trauma, required testing of all rape kits, and the development of a set of ...

Apolitical

Moritz Konradi

7 December 2018

Germany

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Though many people traditionally think of a tension between security and civil liberties, but local governments in Germany are practicing ways to safeguard against terrorism without trampling their citizen's rights. B...

Harper's Magazine

Kathy Dobie

1 December 2018

New York City, New York, United States

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Since 2002, New York City’s Hate Crime Task Force (HCTF) has solved every sincel hate crime homicide and gang assault. While hate crimes are notoriously difficult to investigate and prosecute, the HCTF has developed m...

The Buffalo News

Maki Becker

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30 November 2018

Buffalo, New York, United States

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After successfully testing a program out that used police officers as the conduits for organizing community-based activities, the Buffalo Police Department has created a team specifically to continue the work. Known a...

GovInsider

Chia Jie Lin

30 November 2018

Singapore

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The Singapore Police Force is utilizing technology to expand their surveillance efforts with patrol robots and drones. From search and rescue operations to identifying concerning sounds, these tools will support offic...

Metromode

Kate Roff

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29 November 2018

Sterling Heights, Michigan, United States

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Two initiatives in the Detroit suburb of Sterling Heights draw on the community's rich diversity to make it a more inclusive place. The city's police force is making sure its force "reflects the community they serve" ...

Albuquerque Journal

Mike Gallagher

25 November 2018

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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In Bernadillo County people who are arrested for nonviolent crimes have the chance of being released, without having to serve jail time. They are screened through video by an intake officer who gauges the likelihood o...

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