Tag: public safety

Cities anticipate increased focus on jobs, revenues sources

This is the third post in a series this week discussing different perspectives on the results of NLC’s 2013 Local Economic Conditions Survey. Last week’s findings from National League of Cities’ Local Economic Conditions (LEC) Survey indicated that local economies have improved over the last year, but cities are still struggling in pivotal areas – notably

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State of the Cities 2013: Expanding the Reach of Public Safety

This is the third post in a seven-part series on trends and themes in local leadership. Atlanta, Ga. Mayor Kasim Reed announced in his State of the City Address that the Atlanta Police Department recruited more than 700 new police officers last year, and now has a force more than 1,940 strong, making it the

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Building for the Future in an Uncertain Present: State of the Cities 2013

“Synergy is when the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. When applied to finding new solutions to the challenges we face in building a community, this requires an inclusive process that seeks input and ideas from many people. In doing so, we can generate new and better ways of doing business.” On

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Galvanizing the Civic Sector to Reduce Gun Violence

The debate over gun violence swirls in state houses and in Congress.   Heated discussions surround: Ensuring universal background checks and closing gun show loopholes; Banning assault weapons; Banning multi-magazine clips; Giving federal authorities the ability to trace guns; and Increasing the availability of mental health services. Citing the many American families “whose lives have been

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Board Appointments for Public Safety Communications Network Signals Good News for Cities

The Department of Commerce took the first major step in the planning and construction of a public safety communications network Monday morning when Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank appointed 12 members of the board of directors for the First Responder Network Authority, which—thankfully—is simply being referred to as “FirstNet.” FirstNet is responsible for overseeing

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Untying the Knot of Incarceration

Part 1 – Assisting Individuals and Communities through Reentry Services This is the first in a two-part series on incarceration and its impact on communities. 12 million individuals are released from local jails each year.  In fact, in an average three-week period, local jails have contact with as many people as state and federal prisons

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Cybersecurity: A Crucial Issue for Local Governments

Right now, Congress is considering a myriad of bills on cybersecurity.  The most pitched public debate has surrounded the private sector, civil liberty, and privacy concerns.  However, state and local government participation is crucial to securing our citizens’ safety.  That’s why NLC and other state and local organizations sent leading stakeholders in Congress a letter with

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Payroll Tax Cut Deal Paves Way for Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network

The following was written by Mitchel Herckis, Principal Associate for Federal Relations In these difficult times, it seems rare that we can tout a bipartisan victory that helps cities and towns across the nation.  However, this week Congress has the opportunity to take a major step forward in replacing the current patchwork of voice-only first

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State of the Cities in 2011: Prioritizing Public Safety

This is the final post of a seven-part series about mayors’ 2011 State of the City speeches. Given the dire state of many municipal budgets, it makes sense that local governments are trying to trim the fat and balance budgets.  However, one area where there is always hesitancy to make cuts is public safety.  In

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The State of the Cities in 2011

This is the first in a seven-part series about mayors’ 2011 State of the City speeches. From our office in Washington, D.C., NLC staff address local issues on behalf of city leaders from across the country.  We think we know where city leaders’ heads are, but how do they actually view their cities’ progress?  And

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