Category: Public Safety

‘Madison Speaks’ Brings Police, Community Together

In March, several officers of the Madison, Wisconsin, Police Department (MPD) brought together a diverse group of community members to hear their ideas on increasing trust between law enforcement and the community. Captain John Patterson, currently assigned to Madison’s South Police District, adapted this event from the Orlando, Florida, “Orlando Speaks” initiative, which he learned

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How Out-of-Home Media Can Improve Public Safety

This is a guest post by Jason D. King, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications & Marketing, Clear Channel Outdoor Americas. On April 20, 2018 I attended the ceremony for recipients of the FBI’s 2017 Distinguished Community Leaders Award at FBI headquarters in Washington D.C., where Clear Channel Outdoor (CCO) was among a select few

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In Knick v. Township of Scott, Graveyards, Trespassing, and the U.S. Constitution

Like many cases accepted by the Supreme Court, the case of Knick v. Township of Scott involves a common theme in judicial circles. One party is asking to overturn long-standing Supreme Court precedent. Unfortunately for states and local governments, the precedent on the chopping block arises in the property rights context (where the more conservative

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Three New Briefs Show City Afterschool, Summer Investments Improve Workforce Development, College and Career Readiness

In three just-released briefs, NLC outlines how city leaders can leverage afterschool and summer learning programs as strategies to improve public safety, workforce development, and college and career readiness in their communities. Municipal leaders can use these briefs as valuable messaging tools to make the case to their state and local policymaker peers for afterschool

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How Cities Can Fight the Opioid Epidemic With Life-Saving Medications

With the opioid crisis reaching epidemic levels, access to life-saving medications and treatments is helping cities and towns confront overdoses and underlying addictions. In particular, the overdose-reversal medication naloxone, often available in a nasal spray under the trade name Narcan, has been broadly distributed to local first responders. Likewise, the powerful addiction treatment buprenorphine, known

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Malicious Russian Cyber Activity is Targeting Government Networks

On April 16, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) released a joint “Technical Alert” about malicious cyber activity carried out by the Russian Government. According to the alert, “[t]he targets of this malicious cyber activity are primarily government and private-sector

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DOJ Offers Community-Based Crime Reduction Grants to Cities

This is a guest post by Jason Cooper, program director for crime reduction initiatives at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). Many cities beset by high rates of crime face economic and social problems that go well beyond the capacity of police to address. As such, stepped up enforcement, on its own, is rarely enough to

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In Kisela v. Hughes, Confronting Police Who “Shoot First and Think Later”

In the annals of the Supreme Court, summary reversals overturning a lower court decision without briefing or oral argument are common. But rare are summary reversals that receive media attention — because such action is “usually reserved … for situations in which the law is settled and stable, the facts are not in dispute, and the

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With Jail Diversion Program, New Orleans Follows Seattle’s LEAD

This is a guest post by Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans. Prior to Hurricane Katrina, the city of New Orleans’s jail population exceeded 6,500 inmates. When we came into office in 2010, we made a commitment to the people of New Orleans to reform our criminal justice system and reduce the jail population. So

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