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Governing

John Buntin

22 July 2017

Rockford, Illinois, United States

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In efforts to diminish violent crime, police agencies are revisiting a model law enforcement strategy of the 1970s, "community policing," as an alternative to the more recent "broken windows" style of the late ninetie...

PBS NewsHour

Hari Sreenivasan

30 June 2017

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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5-15 Minutes

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Police reform in Camden, New Jersey has centered on de-escalation and increased surveillance. With these reforms, the city has seen a decrease in violent and nonviolent crime and a decrease in the use of and complaint...

News Deeply

Cristina Maza

22 June 2017

Jaipur, India

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Sexual harassment is rampant in the streets of India, and too often escalates into violence that can lead to horrific incidents like the gang rape and murder of a female student in 2012. To help address the issue, Jai...

The Post and Courier

Caitlin Byrd

21 June 2017

Spartanburg, North Carolina, United States

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In High Point North Carolina, domestic violence cases dramatically dropped after the city adopted a “focused deterrence” approach. “Where the city once saw between three and five domestic homicides a year, it has only...

Eugene Weekly

Kenny Jacoby

1 June 2017

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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In Eugene, Oregon, the city – much like the rest of the United States – has often practiced ticketing, citing, and/or arresting individuals as a response to homelessness. The practice, often referred to as the crimina...

WTTW-PBS

Brandis Friedman

25 May 2017

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Two years after the city of Chicago approved reparations for the dozens of men tortured by a squad of police, one part of the plan, the Chicago Torture Justice Center, opened as a provider of mental health counseling ...

The Victoria Advocate

Jessica Priest

23 May 2017

Victoria, Texas, United States

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In Victoria, Texas, the police department and mental health officials are joining forces to better respond to community crisis situations. From certifying police officers as mental health officers to assessing whether...

Chicago Reporter

Jonah Newman

8 May 2017

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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There is much to be learned from The Chicago Police Department's failure to regulate moonlighting police officers. Boasting the nation's weakest oversight of documenting its officer's second-shift jobs, the department...

Reveal

Curtis Gilbert

6 May 2017

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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A Minneapolis police department has placed a new focus on equipping its officers with conflict de-escalation techniques. After incorporating communication and listening skills into its training, the department has see...

APM Reports

Curtis Gilbert

5 May 2017

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Some cities in the United States have integrated de-escalation and mental health tactics into police training, and have thus seen a decrease in the use of force, as well as an increase in community trust.

Temple University

Zach Bourgeois

4 May 2017

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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During a drug overdose, some people avoid calling for medical assistance because they fear arrest. Laws that protect callers can help, but even where those laws exist, many drug users and potential overdose witnesses ...

The Notebook

Greg Windle

16 March 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Students who have experienced trauma, most common in high-poverty areas, are more likely to benefit from counseling and support rather than punishment. However, most large U.S. school districts with high poverty rates...

Quartz

Kara Sherwin

20 February 2017

United States

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To diversify the police force, UK and US research studies have focused on using behavioral economics. The UK's Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) has used behavioural economics and psychology to alter phrasing and messag...

Jackson Free Press

Donna Ladd

15 February 2017

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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Young black Jacksonians are afraid to call the police in self defence for fear they will be accused of gang violence and arrested instead of protected. Various programs are using research of violence and recidivism to...

The Globe and Mail

Robyn Doolittle

10 February 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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If not properly investigated, sexual assault claims can be dismissed prematurely, disrupting the justice process and allowing offenders to continue hurting people. In Philadelphia, after an audit revealed more than 2,...

Buzzfeed

Maura Ewing

9 February 2017

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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Police actions at a crime scene often exacerbate the victim’s trauma and trigger a person with mental illness who is going through a crisis. The Trauma-Informed Response Team in Milwaukee, is part of a national trend ...

The Trace

Ann Givens

9 February 2017

New York, New York, United States

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In its four years of community outreach, Cure Violence’s New York City chapter has been accepted and welcomed by both neighborhoods and police. The program now works in 17 police precincts, providing direct violence i...

BBC

Harry Low

6 January 2017

Japan

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Japan has one of the lowest death by gun rates in the world, 6 to 33599. How? The country has established strict policies for buying and maintaining guns. The police force has installed restrictions regarding the use ...

BBC

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Henrietta Moore

Martha Lane Fox

4 January 2017

Japan

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Japan’s annual gun deaths are in the single digits, thanks to tight regulations on firearms. Even police defuse violence using martial arts rather than guns. Criminals use knives instead and find ways of illegally imp...

Detroit Free Press

Jeff Seidel

17 December 2016

Richmond, California, United States

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A program in Richmond California identifies and enlists felons and youth at-risk for firearm violence in a fellowship, and is credited for a 76% decrease in homicides in the city. Participants receive relationship bui...

Outside

Krista Langlois

5 December 2016

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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After charged discussions and protests around racial injustice within police departments, Baltimore set out to find a solution to bridge the divide created between the city's police force and the kids that lived in st...

Corpus Christi Caller Times

Beatriz Alvarado

2 December 2016

Corpus Christi, Texas, United States

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In Nueces County, new local programs, projects, and partnerships - spurred by a particularly deadly year for women - are demonstrating how improved assessment by law enforcement and engagement by community members i...

New Scientist

Timothy Revell

21 November 2016

Netherlands

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Police officers often need to investigate a crime scene quickly, sometimes before other investigators can arrive. In the Netherlands, researchers and police are teaming up to develop an augmented reality system that a...

The New York Times

Caroline Preston

25 October 2016

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In Seattle, the over-policing of drug users has been extensive and frequently racially biased. Looking for a new solution, the LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) program, driven by a harm reduction philosophy, ...

The Marshall Project

Beth Schwartzapfel

6 October 2016

Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States

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Gun crimes with no leads can torment police investigators and agitate communities. NIBIN is a database that tracks the unique marks that guns leave on shell casings, showing whether that same gun was used in another c...

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