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SpotCrime Weekly Reads: Police oversight, gun violence, prison

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Police oversight, officer resilience, misconduct data, gun violence, green space and crime, ADHD and criminality, predictive policing, drones as first responders, police transparency, police hiring and crime, juvenile justice programs, states spending on prisoners, and more... POLICE CONDUCT Problems continue to plague the Minneapolis Community Commission on Police Oversight  (MinnPost) see also:  Speaking of Reform: Experimental Insights into Influencing Police Executives' Perspectives on Civilian Oversight  (CRIMRXIV) U.S. Law Enforcement Officers’ Stress, Job Satisfaction, Job Performance, and Resilience: A National Sample  (Sage Journals) Crime and Punishment Can American policing be fixed?  (Harper's Magazine) Power Check: Missing police misconduct data  (Axios) House passes Law Enforcement Officers’ Due Process, Accountability and Transparency Act  (Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly) CRIME RATE Urban greenspace and neighborhood crime  (Wiley Online Library) IMPD depending on da

SpotCrime Weekly Reads: Encryption, AI, crime data

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Police encryption and access to encrypted data, reporting police misconduct, high-speed police chases, surveillance expansion, US crime data, DOJ seeks input on AI use, machine learning flags issues with police forces sooner, AI assessing traffic stops, cyber security training, body cam transparency, forensic DNA lab transparency, and more... POLICE CONDUCT Police Chiefs Call for Solutions to Access Encrypted Data in Serious Crime Cases  (The Hacker News) Myrtle Beach police fully encrypts scanner traffic, drawing transparency concerns  (WMBF) Colorado law enforcement groups object to bill requiring officers to report colleagues' alleged misconduct  (Colorado Politics) In reversal, more areas allow high-speed police chases  (The Mercury News) Firing the police chief, probing his complaints two resolutions facing Mobile City Council  (NBC15) Surveillance expansion threatens press freedom – and everyone else's  (Freedom of the Press Foundation) 34 charges filed as Houston PD wrap

SpotCrime Weekly Reads: Body cam, AI, gun violence

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Access to body cam footage, public safety demands better funding, illegal guns trafficked used in hundreds of shootings, Operation Ceasefire, violent crime rates, sexual assaults on cruise ships rise, AI in policing, generative AI, AI risks creating black box at heart of US legal system, police transparency committees, deaths after leaving prison, and more... POLICE CONDUCT Public Safety Demands Better Funding  (DC Journal) see also:  Delray Beach PD receives nearly $1 million to curb crime  (CBS12) Knox County Sheriff's Office told the D.A. that video of a raid didn't exist. But it did.  (Knox News) Town of Elizabeth intended to fire its police chief, sued 9NEWS trying to keep that secret  (9News) CRIME RATE As NYC grapples with crime concerns, police commissioner says safety is 'perception versus reality'  (NBC News) 68,000 guns illegally trafficked by U.S. dealers over 5 years were used in hundreds of shootings, ATF says  (CBS News) see also:  Gun cases in Chicago tu

SpotCrime Weekly Reads: Police discipline, use of force, AI

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Entire police force suspended, police discipline hearings, use of force, FBI crime data, undercounting sex crimes, tracking threats to Congress, how firearms move from legal to criminal use, AI in policing, predicting crime, online discussions about crime and safety, police surveillance, GPS tracking darts, use of force transparency, prosecutorial dashboards, accountability in restorative justice, and more... POLICE CONDUCT ‘Blindsided': A Maryland small town suspended its entire police force. Residents want to know why  (NBC Washington) Serious Chicago Police Discipline Hearings Must Take Place in Public, Judge Rules  (WTTW) Why did more than 1,000 people die after police subdued them with force that isn’t meant to kill?  (AP News) CRIME RATE FBI’s National Crime Data Paints Incomplete Picture  (The Dallas Express) New Orleans police undercounted sex crime data; advocates fear lost funding  (NOLA.com) Congress makes it easier to track threats to members  (Axios) How firearms move

SpotCrime Weekly Reads: Use of force, AI in policing, transparency

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Police Chief resignations, DNA data manipulation in Colorado, combatting swatting calls, higher use of force linked to training conference in NJ, addressing mental health in communities, DOJ opens investigation into Boeing, cybercrime losses reach $12.5 billion, violent crime numbers, gun violence, AI and police real time crime centers, police record transparency, reversing criminal justice reform, and more... POLICE CONDUCT Lakes Wales to begin looking for new police chief amid nepotism, transparency concerns: Memo  (Fox13 Tampa Bay) Colorado Bureau of Investigation finds DNA scientist manipulated data in hundreds of cases over decades  (WPSD Local 6) Uvalde police chief announces resignation after report on Robb Elementary School shooting  (NBC News) Georgia bill would impose harsher penalties on more 'swatting' calls  (11Alive) Use of force incidents high among cops who attended controversial police training conference  (New Jersey Monitor) Rats are 'all high' on mar

SpotCrime Weekly Reads: 911, police transparency, crime rate

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Alternative policing hits road blocks, police data and use of force on kids, active shooter defense industry, boosting the 911 system, crime in public schools,  DOJ lack of data for online hate crimes, cyber crime, tech to fight crime, police transparency, body cams foster transparency, criminal charges more likely for black people in MI, and more... POLICE CONDUCT CRESS Policing Alternative Faces Institutional Barriers  (The Amherst Student) Metro councilwoman wants more police data when use of force is used on kids  (WKRN) 5 things to know about the growing active shooter defense industry in Texas  (The Dallas Morning News) Legislative committee considers bills to boost Nebraska’s 911 system, add transparency  (Nebraska Examiner) see also:  The first 911 call in US was made 56 years ago today  (Live Now Fox) 'You can't trust what is going to happen with the crowds' | Charlotteans hesitant about large events following Kansas City shooting  (WCNC) Chattanooga Police Departm

SpotCrime Weekly Reads: Police transparency, crime rate, AI

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Basic police data kept secret, sports celebrations violence, violent crime drop, language models on police report writing, gunfire detection, AI surveillance to spot crime, police oversight board, releasing police chase policies, homicide transparency, correctional system oversight, and more... POLICE CONDUCT Officer who stood trial for death of Freddie Gray to oversee Internal Affairs for BPD  (CBS News) Virginia keeps even basic police data secret  (VPM) Names of police who use deadly force could be shielded under proposed law  (Tampa Bay Times) CRIME RATE Shooting after Chiefs’ Super Bowl parade latest violence to mar sports celebrations  (APNews) The “Red” vs. “Blue” Crime Debate and the Limits of Empirical Social Science  (Manhattan Institute) Violent crime is dropping fast in the U.S. — even if Americans don't believe it  (NPR) Dallas’ overall violent crime rate drops nearly 30% — but business robberies increase over last year  (KERA) CRIM-TECH The impact of large language mo

SpotCrime Weekly Reads: Use of force, crime rate, AI

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Use of force rules, fatal police shootings and training, encrypting scanners, anti-crime laws, state crime victims funds, 911 calls surge, deadly shootings involving 18-20 year olds, taking on rising car thefts, big data surveillance tech, school crimes, AI and body cam footage, discrepancies in crime data, loopholes in police transparency laws, rehabilitative services in prison, and more... POLICE CONDUCT Police in this Pennsylvania county slow to adopt new use-of-force rules, study finds  (The Morning Call) After fatal shootings, Rantoul police recommended more training. They just sent one officer to a gun range  (IPM News) Des Moines seeks to hire dispatchers as 911 calls surge to decade-high record  (Des Moines Register) Head of police oversight in Phoenix questions office's independence in resignation letter  (KJZZ) Many cities have anti-crime laws. The DOJ says one in Minnesota harmed people with mental illness  (MPR News) Justice Department proposes major changes to address

SpotCrime Weekly Reads: Gun violence trends, Ring footage, bail

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Police misconduct and killings published in Louisiana, recruiting officers, 2023 gun violence trends, transit crime rates, schools and hate crimes, retail shrink and theft, Amazon revokes police access to Ring footage, halt funding to predictive policing, cyberattacks, RMS overhaul in Pennsylvania, broadcasting law enforcement frequencies, bail in Tennessee, and more... POLICE CONDUCT New data dashboard for police misconduct, killings in Louisiana  (BRProud) Alameda went far beyond what other cities were willing to pay to recruit officers. Did it pay off?  (The Mercury News) CRIME RATE In 2023, Gun Violence Trended Down Across the Country  (American Progress.org) Schools are 3rd-highest location for hate crimes: FBI  (ABC News) As some transit crime rates triple, FTA releases data, other resources  (Smart Cities Dive) Maryland crime trends show increase in unsolved violent crimes  (FOX45) 7 reasons why everyone’s confused about shrink and theft  (Retail Dive) CRIM-TECH Amazon reverses

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: Police training, school violence, prison conditions

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Trauma and empathy training, body cams, mental health calls, smash and grab, school violence and arrests, where gun violence is surging, cameras to reduce crimes, Marsy's Law doesn't apply to police officers, police records transparency, prison conditions, First Step Act, and more... POLICE CONDUCT Baltimore’s new approach to police training looks at the effects of trauma, importance of empathy  (Courthouse News Service) How Police Have Undermined the Promise of Body Cameras  (PorPublica) Starting in January, non-law enforcement team can respond to mental health crisis calls  (ABC30) Stark County Sheriff's Office rolls out new program to improve staff performance and community relations  (News 5 Cleveland) CRIME RATE ‘Smash-and-grab’ robberies fuel new laws, but critics question the need  (SW Iowa News) see also:  Member of Congress calls for better data on organized retail crime and other theft  (Retail Dive) 185 weapons, seven guns reported at Wake County high schools, re

SpotCrime Weekly Reads: Staff shortages, traffic stops, surveillance

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Reviewing body cam footage, police staff shortages and mandatory overtime in Baltimore, traffic fines generate revenue, racial bias in traffic stops, Seattle homicides, gun violence, automated license plate readers, crime data transparency, future of US jails, GA understaffed prisons, and more... POLICE CONDUCT Mobile public safety director to review all use of force body cam footage amid growing tensions  (AL.com) Baltimore police union sounds alarm over severe staffing shortages and mandatory overtime  (Fox Baltimore) This Louisiana Town Runs Largely on Traffic Fines. If You Fight Your Ticket, the Mayor Is Your Judge.  (ProPublica.org) DOJ announces expansion of program to Memphis to fight violent crime in the city  (LocalMemphis.com) City efforts to address racial bias in traffic enforcement have reduced the number of stops, but disparities remain  (PublicSource.org) CRIME RATE Seattle Ties Record For Homicides Set In The 1990s  (The Seattle Medium) On guard but not sworn: The relat

SpotCrime Weekly Reads: Reforms, gun violence, school crime

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NJ reforms Paterson PD, CO police work history hidden, gun violence drives violent crime, Kia and Hyundai thefts, 2022 school crime data, AI to solve cases, open crime data, prison medical company goes bankrupt, and more... POLICE CONDUCT AI, Tasers and more supervision: NJ's plan to reform the troubled Paterson police department  (Gothamist) Colorado police work history data remains withheld from public despite new laws, reforms  (The Gazette) CRIME RATE The Crime Data Explorer For Dummies  (Jeff-alytics) 'We knew the numbers were bad': Law enforcement staff raised concerns about Ron DeSantis' top crime talking point  (NBC News) Hundreds of Kansas Citians are shot each year and survive. Their families have to pick up the pieces  (KCUR) Gun Incidents Drive a Climb in Violent Crime Rates  (Public Policy Institute of California) see also:  Ohio launches new intelligence center for fighting gun violence  (State Scoop) U.S. Cities Have a Staggering Problem of Kia and Hyunda

SpotCrime Weekly Reads: Crime rates, retail theft, police staffing

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Disbanding police forces, cops in schools, gang database scrapped, retail crime, asset forfeiture, big city crime rates, violence against MD youth, online crime data base for transparency, crime on cruise ships, prison guard corruption, and more... POLICE CONDUCT ‘It’s scary’: America’s small towns are disbanding police forces, citing hiring woes  (Winston Salem Journal) Do cops actually make schools safer?  (Minnesota Reformer) Do police stations deter crime?  (Crime Science) Police Oversight Board Votes to Permanently Scrap New Chicago Gang Database  (WTTW) After George Floyd’s murder, more states require release of police disciplinary records  (Stateline) Memphis Police pressured to change culture after high-profile killings and beatings  (WGLT) Federal Appeals Court Rules Detroit's Asset Forfeiture Violates Due Process Rights of Drivers  (Reason) CRIME RATE Americans are hopelessly confused about big-city crime. Partisanship is partly to blame  (LA Times) see also:  Rising crim

SpotCrime Weekly Reads: Social media fueling violence, mental health response teams, smart city models

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Paperwork amounts to stress, new emergency response teams for mental health, social media fueling homicides in young Americans, lead exposure linked to higher risk of criminal behavior, smart city model bears fruit, body cam skeptics, police officer names secret, hiding mistreatment behind FOIA, treating addiction in prison, and more... POLICE CONDUCT “It's frustrating … I didn’t join to sit behind a desk”: Police paperwork as a source of organizational stress  (Sage Journals) Philadelphia creates new emergency response team for behavioral health calls  (CBS News Philadelphia) see also:  Long Beach launches community crisis response team to address certain calls for service  (KTLA) and also:  Albany Common Council president calls for new crime response. The proposal from Corey Ellis would create "community quality of life" patrols in the city  (Times Union) CRIME RATE How Social Media Apps Could Be Fueling Homicides Among Young Americans  (ProPublica) see also:  Young Ame

SpotCrime Weekly Reads: Murder decline, traffic stops, generative AI

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Solving more murders, culture of wellness in criminal justice jobs, the police personality, traffic stop disparities, drop in gun violence and murders, gun homicides down slightly, generative AI for criminal justice, reducing recidivism and worker shortage, free prison calls, and more... POLICE CONDUCT New evidence that we're solving more murders  (Slow Boring) DOJ Officials Call for 'Culture of Wellness' in Criminal Justice Jobs  (National Criminal Justice Association) The “Police Personality”: Is it Real?  (Sage Journals) Most U.S. emergency call centers are understaffed  (Axios) Kansas Cops Have 'Waged War on Motorists' by Subjecting Them to Pretextual Traffic Stops, a Federal Judge Says  (reason) see also: Pittsburgh efforts to address racial bias in traffic enforcement have reduced the number of stops, but disparities remain  (Public Source) Tickets and arrests didn’t go up when SROs reintroduced to Denver schools, police data shows  (The Colorado Sun) CRIME RA