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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

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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...

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB)

Dave Miller

10 December 2018

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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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

MaryJo Webster

Jennifer Bjorhus

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...

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...

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...

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...

Wall Street Journal

Zusha Elinson

24 November 2018

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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Cahoots, or Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets, is a non-profit group that responds to mental health emergency calls instead of police in Eugene, Oregon. The group is cheaper than sending first responders, b...

Apolitical

Anoush Darabi

22 November 2018

Tel Aviv, Israel

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Sometimes you have to see something is possible before you can do it yourself. For Tel Aviv’s city officers, it took a trip to Copenhagen to understand that each of them, no matter their office, could do something to ...

The Trace

Elizabeth Van Brocklin

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14 November 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Scoop and Run is a police practice that has saved lives. During a “scoop and run” police take gunshot or stab wound victims to the emergency room instead of waiting for an ambulance. Philadelphia is the only city, amo...

The Guardian

Lauren Zanolli

7 November 2018

United States

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As more research has found links between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and negative health outcomes, a growing number of organizations and sectors are incorporating trauma-informed screening and training into t...

The New York Times

Patricia Leigh Brown

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6 November 2018

Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

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Raw Tools, is a nonprofit that converts guns into garden tools. The organization was created by Michael Martin, a pastor who wanted to do something after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School that resulted in t...

Quartz

Olivia Goldhill

28 October 2018

Spain

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A tool is helping police across Spain identify false robbery reports. VeriPol uses textual analysis and machine learning to find suspicious reports. During the pilot project, the tool helped detect 64 false reports in...

Scalawag

Margaret Littman

22 October 2018

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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The killing of Jocques Clemmons, an unarmed black man that was shot by a white officer in Tennessee, became the catalyst that spurred a community to action. A community oversight board would be in charge of investiga...

NPR

Luke Runyon

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11 October 2018

Montezuma, Colorado, United States

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In Colorado’s water-scarce Montezuma County, having a designated law enforcement official for water conflict is necessary. Dave Huhn is a sheriff’s deputy specializing in water law, responding to 60-100 calls each mon...

Finding Fixes

Kyle Norris

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17 September 2018

Washington, United States

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Washington’s Snohomish County has implemented a program that embeds social workers with the police. The program has been an effective method to bring services to people in need rather than arrest and process them as c...

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