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NBC News

Natalia Abrahams

29 April 2019

Pennsylvania, United States

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After hearing about the killing of Philando Castile at a routine traffic stop, Jackie Carter realized that she could do something to help prevent similar events from happening in the future. Carter has created and dis...

KSHB-TV

Kevin Holmes

16 April 2019

Independence, Missouri, United States

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3-5 Minutes

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The Independence, Missouri police department is taking an empathy-first approach to homelessness in the city. Instead of making arrests for trespassing or other crimes associated with homelessness, police officers wor...

NationSwell

Joshua O'Connor

2 April 2019

Denver, Colorado, United States

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3-5 Minutes

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Police departments across the country are seeing decreased funding – but an increase in public participation. Volunteers in Public Service, or VIPs, have stepped in to help fill the gaps in staffing left by budget cut...

KXAN-TV

Erin Cargile

26 March 2019

Llano, Texas, United States

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In Texas, smaller towns are looking to one another for ideas to prevent dangerous encounters with flash flooding. Travis County is one such place, using multi-layered approaches to prevent drivers from crossing floode...

High Country News

Jessica Lussenhop

25 March 2019

North Dakota, United States

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Native individuals and members of groups like Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women have taken it into their own hands to find members of their communities who have gone missing. Recognizing that decades-old legislati...

Carolina Public Press

Kate Martin

Imari Scarbrough

20 March 2019

Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States

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With the largest backlog of rape kits in the country, North Carolina is taking steps to expedite the process. A key challenge in this effort is the autonomy of police departments to test them at their own discretion. ...

KSHB-TV

Andres Gutierrez

19 March 2019

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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In Kansas City, Missouri, the police department has been using crime data to strategically understand which areas require more resources. This model, which has been used since 2012 and has led to a 12% decrease in vio...

KSHB-TV

Kevin Holmes

7 March 2019

Independence, Missouri, United States

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In Independence, Missouri, the police department has developed the Street Crimes Unit devoted entirely to addressing crime in the city. Taking a proactive, data-driven approach, law enforcement has been able to devote...

Christian Science Monitor

Patrik Jonsson

26 February 2019

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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The New Orleans Police Department did not have the best reputation among the community due to a series of corrupt acts committed by individual officers on the force. Thanks to a series of outreach efforts to marginali...

Christian Science Monitor

Patrik Jonsson

25 February 2019

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Police departments across the United States are implementing strategies and reforms in response to the growing number of unsolved criminal cases. With cold cases often linked to declined trust in police and the underm...

KUNM

Marisa Demarco

21 February 2019

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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Albuquerque Police Department knows that not all community members are apt to trust in officers, so the department created a new interdisciplinary team specifically focused on working with those people. Although this ...

Mother Jones

Samantha Michaels

19 February 2019

Stockton, California, United States

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Stockton, California is known as one of the most dangerous cities in the state, making the police department one of the most overburdened departments as well. That hasn't deterred the department from taking steps to c...

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...

Vox

Matthew Yglesias

13 February 2019

United States

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Much of the backlash against the police is based on assumptions that more police means more incarceration and more police violence, but evidence actually points to the opposite outcomes. When more police are put on th...

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-TV

Kevin Holmes

31 January 2019

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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3-5 Minutes

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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

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 ...

Los Angeles Times

Soumya Karlamangla

20 January 2019

Chico, California, United States

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To reduce deaths caused by overdosing, Chico police have begun carrying naloxone in their squad cars to administer on site, rather than waiting for paramedics to arrive. Although not all police departments have partic...

The Marshall Project

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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 to this approach, known as the Next Generation 911 sy...

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