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SpotCrime Weekly Reads: civilian review boards, crime rates, prison

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Florida bans civilian boards from investigating police misconduct, police reform behind closed doors in Virginia, more transparency for asset seizures, internal reviews, facial recognition laws for law enforcement, peace officers in NYC, high speed chases, crisis intervention in Tampa, homicides plummeting, crime rate drops, encrypting police radios, police surveillance, benefits of police data transparency, mental health facility instead of prison, Massachusetts' prison population drops, and more... POLICE CONDUCT DeSantis signs controversial bill banning civilian boards from investigating police misconduct  (Sun Sentinel) Police reform may expand In Virginia, but behind closed doors  (Virginia Center for Investigative Journalism) More transparency needed for WA police asset seizures, audit says  (Seattle Times) Glendale Police force shows its hand in internal review  (Glendale News-Press) Maryland lawmakers approve ‘strongest’ facial recognition rules for law enforcement yet  (St

SpotCrime Weekly Reads: Police AI transparency, school safety, crime rates

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Shielding officer names, police overtime, Uvalde shooting grand jury, mass shootings stats, safety in schools, gun violence. DNA and AI to predict suspect's face, facial recognition, addressing the lack of up to date crime data, surveillance transparency, AI assisted law enforcement transparency, life in prison without parole, criminal justice debt, and more... POLICE CONDUCT Local police using victims’ rights law to shield names of officers who shoot suspects  (Dayton Daily News) Yakima spent more than $2 million on police overtime in 2023  (NBC Right Now) Downtown Raleigh businesses, city leaders and police praise safety measures: 'Definitely noticed'  (ABC11) How many police officers die in the line of duty?  (USA Facts) Texas prosecutor convenes grand jury to investigate Uvalde shooting, multiple media report  (AP News) In Minneapolis, police staffing levels continued to drop in 2023. So did crime.  (Star Tribune) CRIME RATE Visualizing how mass shootings in 2024 compar

SpotCrime Weekly Reads: Hot spot policing, crime rates, police data

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Strongly policed cities and hot spot policing, states that don't report crime to the FBI, statewide minimums for police pursuits, school lockdowns assessment, residents participate in crime commission forum, public genealogy data to identify criminals, facial recognition leads to wrongful arrest, reliable police data and research needed now more than ever, recidivism rates, and more... POLICE CONDUCT London experience suggests strongly policed cities don’t always benefit from hot-spot approach  (Policing Insight) Federal appeals court rules against former police officer fired for Facebook post  (The Free Speech Center) States That Don't Report Crime to the FBI  (24/7 Wall St) New Indiana policy sets statewide minimum for police pursuits  (Fox59) CRIME RATE Can School Lockdowns Save Lives? An Assessment of Drills and Use in Real-World Events  (Taylor and Francis Online) NYC leaders acknowledge 22% increase in overall crime, while pointing to signs of progress  (CityandStateNY.co

SpotCrime Weekly Reads: mental health, AI, criminal justice trends

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Police mental health and wellness, deaths during service calls and law enforcement encounters, gun violence falling in 2022, 911 junk science, facial recognition leads to false arrest, police misconduct transparency, criminal justice reform trends in 2022, and more... POLICE CONDUCT One-on-one with Acting Chief of Richmond Police: Talking staffing shortages, morale issues, violence interrupters, combatting crime  (WRIC) Police Mental Health and Wellness  (Oxford Research Encyclopedias) Louisville police under Shields: How the department is different & what is still the same  (Courier Journal) Report focuses on deaths occurring during service calls and law enforcement encounters  (Alexandria Echo Press) Hundreds used Philly’s new 211 violence prevention hotline, many from the city’s most impacted neighborhoods  (Billy Penn) CRIME RATE Gun Violence Is Falling In 2022  (Jeff-alytics) Community Criminal Justice Board report sheds light on crime trends in the area  (Orange County Review

SpotCrime Weekly Reads: Police shootings, police surveillance, bodycam transparency

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Fatal police shootings, addressing retail theft, cyber crimes, Chicago students walk out over gun violence, face recognition in US criminal investigations, "Find My" app wrongly targets a grandmother, gunshot detection in Portland, license plate readers, bodycam transparency, backlog of court cases, prison oversight, and more... POLICE CONDUCT As fatal police shootings increase, more go unreported  (The Washington Post) Iowa police chief charged with lying to ATF to obtain machine guns for resale  (Des Moines Register) Portland Cops Will Use Overtime to Address Rising Retail Theft  (Willamette Week) CRIME RATE The School That Calls the Police on Students Every Other Day  (ProPublica) Chicago high school students walk out of class over gun violence  (ABC News) The FBI is worried about a wave of cyber crime against America’s small businesses  (CNBC) What a far-right plot to take over Germany can tell us about QAnon, extremism in the US  (USA Today) The FBI’s Warning About ‘Sext

SpotCrime Weekly Reads: gun violence, police staffing shortages, hate crimes

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Police staffing shortages, civilian response teams, USPS postal police, DOJ hotlines to report hate crimes, America's gun problem, gun violence, ICE data collection on Americans, NYPD secret database, facial recognition in schools, law enforcement polices restrict transparency and accountability, a holistic criminal justice system, and more... POLICE CONDUCT Staffing shortages are causing case backlogs at Phoenix-area police departments  (AZFamily.com) With Complaints Rising, Transit Agencies Search for Alternatives to Police  (Route Fifty) see also:  SLCPD to form new civilian response team to handle massive call volume  (Fox13) After court battle, Marilyn Mosby releases list of 305 Baltimore police officers with credibility issues  (The Baltimore Sun) Voters, investors and crime experts have eyes on bid to recall San Francisco DA  (Courthouse News Service) After years of gang list controversy, the NYPD has a new secret database. It's focused on guns.  (Gothamist) Baltimore Co

SpotCrime Weekly Reads: Violent crime, civilian review board, crim-tech and privacy

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Violent crime plans, civilian review boards, public safety index, ghost guns, USPS suspends service due to crime, 911 systems and open data, Google location data and police, police surveillance, facial recognition, criminal justice data portal, body cams and transparency, ex-convicts housing, and more... POLICE CONDUCT Little Rock collaborating with Pine Bluff in effort to reduce violent crime  (KAUR) see also:  Fort Worth Police implement new violent crime plan  (WFAA) Feds Arrest an Alleged $336M Bitcoin-Laundering Kingpin The alleged administrator of Bitcoin Fog kept the dark web service running for 10 years before the IRS caught up with him.  (WIRED) Michigan police release video showing officer knelt on Black man, fatally shot him  (WCSC) Buffalo, N.Y., police officers cleared of wrongdoing after shoving elderly man to ground at protest  (CBC) Shielded from accountability: How NYPD Officers Get Away with Lying to the CCRB  (Latino Justice) Teens more likely to disengage from schoo

SpotCrime Weekly Reads: gun violence, surveillance, open data

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Use of force, behavioral health staff joining sheriff's deputies, gun violence deaths, pandemic crime rate, gun violence, new domestic violence reporting, US AG focus on corporate crime, facial recognition, predictive policing, surveillance tech, body cam rollouts leave questions on access, open data, access to police records, court revenue, and more... POLICE CONDUCT SMPD pulling detectives, traffic cops to aid in patrols  (Santa Monica Daily Press) Police Reform Advocates React to CPD Use-of-Force Analysis  (WTTW) City Council contemplating adding support to KPD for mental health situations  (Killeen Daily Herald) Behavioral Health staff to join Humboldt Sheriff's deputies on some calls thanks to grant  (KRCR) Former Deputy Accused Of Raping 14-Year-Old Avoids Jail Time And Sex Offender Registry  (Oxygen True Crime) Fort Lauderdale police chief fired over minority-first practices in hiring and promotions, report says  (CNN) see also:  Fort Lauderdale fires Chief Larry Scirott

SpotCrime Weekly Reads: use of force, 2021 crime rate, police tech

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Police suicides, use of force tracking, body cams, 2021 homicide numbers, police use of AI, facial recognition tech used to identify insurrectionists, did bail reform work or fail, crime prediction tech, COIVD outbreaks in jail, and more... POLICE CONDUCT Florida sheriff hopes suicides of 2 deputies is ‘catalyst for change’  (NBC News) New use-of-force tracking system moves Tennessee in right direction  (TN Coalition for Open Government) Police Don’t Need a Warrant to Pull Personal Data from Cars  (Governing) Vicksburg cops without body cameras can be suspended 5 days  (The Herald) see also:  St. Louis County Sheriff's View: Body-worn cameras reduce use-of-force incidents  (Duluth News Tribune) Fort Worth 911 Response Times Fall Short of Goals: Audit  (Governing) D.C. Police Tried To Fire 24 Current Officers For ‘Criminal Offenses.’ A Powerful Panel Blocked Nearly Every One, Documents Show  (DCist) CRIME RATE Why More American Children Are Dying by Gunfire  (New York Times) 10 of t

SpotCrime Weekly Reads: facial recognition, prison, juvenile crime

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Virtual mugshots, facial recognition, crime data, guns and suicide, Log4J flaw, retail thefts, violent crime by children, body cams, predictive policing, police misconduct database, prison population decreased in 2020, criminal justice data, marginal cost of incarceration, and more... POLICE CONDUCT NYPD Utilizes ‘Virtual Mugshots’ Despite City Hall’s Words  (GovTech) The Challenge of Attracting More African Americans to Police Careers  (TheCrimeReport.org) Citizens Police Data Project collects and publishes information about police misconduct in Chicago  (Citizens Police Data Project) Bogged down by data, police services need process rethink: study New research shows too much paperwork may hinder effective policing  (Western U News) Justice Department Awards More Than $17.5 Million to Support Project Safe Neighborhoods  (Justice.gov) CRIME RATE Hackers launch over 840,000 attacks through Log4J flaw  (ArsTechnia) Increase in Colorado’s property crime rate bucks national trend, report s

SpotCrime Weekly Reads: concealed carry, police transparency, school-to-prison pipeline

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Mental health, search and seizures, police reform and procedural justice, concealed carry linked to increased gun violence, license plate readers used to track vehicle locations, facial recognition, police data tracking needs more transparency, school-to-prison pipeline, and more... POLICE CONDUCT Cook County Sheriff dealing with mental health crisis one Zoom call at a time  (Associated Press) see also:  Crisis counselors soon to be on scene with first responders to assist individuals exhibiting mental health needs  (Hometown Stations) Female police officers are less likely to search a car during a traffic stop but more likely to find contraband when they do  (PsyPost) see also:  Police revise rules for searches after people report confusion, intimidation  (Fox5 San Diego) Beverly Hills: 99% of people arrested by ‘safe streets’ unit were Black, suit says  (The Guardian) Mirage of Police Reform: Procedural Justice and Police Legitimacy  (Academia.edu) Police Say Demoralized Officers Are

SpotCrime Weekly Reads: gun violence, post pandemic crime rate, police transparency

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Crime rate post pandemic, tackling gun violence, using data to stop crime, facial recognition tech rules blurred, body cam footage transparency, crime data transparency, license plate reader data shared transparently by police departments, some states working to make raps sheets disappear, and more... POLICE CONDUCT Police chief to provide update on pairing mental health clinicians with officers  (The Modesto Bee) Metro Nashville police officers start Crisis Intervention Team training for community policing  (Tennessean.com) Fargo police chief announces plan to reorganize department, increase transparency  (Inforum) 'We didn't see an improvement': Montgomery mayor explains why former MPD Chief Finley resigned  (Montgomery Advertiser) Santa Ana Police Questioned About Why Some Sexual Assault Reports Receive Same Urgency as Graffiti  (Voice of OC) How many complaints against police officers can be abated by incapacitating a few “bad apples?”  (Wiley Online Library) Indianapol

SpotCrime Weekly Reads: racial disparities, mental health, gun violence

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Justice in Policing Act, minimum wage, gun violence, mental health calls, inmate mortality rates, how terrorism transformed law enforcement, racial disparities in policing, legalizing marijuana, what caused the 2020 murder spike, and more... POLICE CONDUCT House to Vote on George Floyd Justice in Policing Act  (Milwaukee Community Journal) Why Cops Don’t Talk About Suicide  (TheCrimeReport.org) Dayton-area police agencies using special teams on mental health calls  (DaytonDailyNews) see also:  Orlando launching pilot program to send mental health professionals to nonviolent calls for service  (WFTV) and also:  Bello task force calls for expansion of mental health response programs  (Rochester City Newspaper) The Impact of Terrorism on the Transformation of Law Enforcement in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada Since the 1960s: The Relevance of 9/11 to the Thin Blue Line  (Academia.edu) "Good Cops Are Afraid." The Toll of Unchecked Police Violence in Rio de Janeiro  (

SpotCrime Weekly Reads: police reform, police data, crime rate

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Cities implementing different forms of police reform, AI tech ban, news deserts allow for corruption in SC, dropping crime rates in some cities, drones for deescalation, ending cash bail, COVID as a case for open data, and more... POLICE CONDUCT Consultant finds Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office ‘data rich, information poor’  (Santa Maria Times) South Bend Board of Public Safety approves use of force guidelines but demands more changes  (South Bend Tribune) Can a New, Open-Source Police Brutality Database Help to Hold Police Departments Accountable?  (Time.com) see also:  Civil Rights Groups Launch National Database on Police Use of Force  (CivilRights.org) Do as I Say! Or, Do as I Say, Not as I Have Done! County Sheriffs’ Self-Reported Accountability Priorities for Themselves and Their Subordinates  (Academia.edu) Black people make up most arrests for low-level crimes in Dallas, report finds Dallas Police Chief Eddie GarcĂ­a said he wants to better understand the data behind the re