SpotCrime Weekly Reads: Hire more police officers, lessons from Vegas shooting, sextortion underreported

Gun violence takes toll on Kansas City, high crime areas make it hard for kids to get to school, police chief credits community support for less gun crime and homicides, mass violence studies, crime-predicting AI's, and more...


CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Officers rescue baby from back seat of car stolen in carjacking (WSBTV)

Police chief credits community support for less gun crime, homicides in Newport News (WAVY)

The case for hiring more police officers (VOX)

Clay County School Board votes to create own police department for district (First Coast News)

OK Waze, NYPD wants you to stop reporting locations of DUI checkpoints (CNN)

Lessons from Las Vegas Shooting: Focus on First Responders (

TAKEN: How police departments make millions by seizing property (Greenville News)

No-Deal Brexit Threatens British Crime Fighting. Police Say Data Sharing Alternatives 'Will Not Be as Efficient or Effective' (BankInfoSecurity)

Las Vegas Metro to curb practice of turning over low-level offenders to ICE (Las Vegas Sun)


A serial killer says he drew his victims. The FBI hopes the images will help solve murders (USAToday)

More than 50 children killed in 3 years: Guns take a heavy toll in Kansas City area (Kansas City Star)

A High-Crime Neighborhood Makes It Harder To Show Up For School (NPR)

Center for Mass Violence Response Studies (

Jeff Bezos aside, sextortion is way underreported (Wired)


A new tool protects videos from deepfakes and tampering (Wired)

Can you police by machine? (The Week)

Police across the US are training crime-predicting AIs on falsified data (Technology Review)

Shifting from Tasers to AI, Axon wants to use terabytes of data to automate police records and redactions (MuckRock)


Should Libraries Be the Keepers of Their Cities’ Public Data? (CityLab)

Tennessee lawmaker seeks to make 911 calls confidential (TCOG)

Gov. Bill Lee stresses importance of free press, open government in speech to media group (Tennessean)


Pennsylvania lawmakers work together to reform probation system (WKBN)


Gunman whose girlfriend posted party pics on Facebook after $84k bank heist gets heavy prison term (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

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