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SpotCrime Weekly Reads: AI, police conduct, transparency

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Police conduct, retired officers back to work, misconduct files released, lack of data stalling cases, association between food insecurity and intimate partner violence, crime victim federal aid drops, crimes against USPS workers, AI in policing, police tech and AI ease workforce woes, WisDOJ sued over police transparency, states that publish current crime data, independent oversight for federal prison system, and more... POLICE CONDUCT N.M. Police Department to Bring Retired Officers Back to Work  (Officer.com) New Louisiana law will criminalize approaching police under certain circumstances  (KGET) Chicago police misconduct files will soon be made public. ‘This is a huge step forward for transparency’  (Chicago Sun Times) A cop gave Fresno man a jaywalking ticket. Then came ‘campaign of hate and revenge’  (Fresno Bee) George Floyd’s murder led to a national reckoning on policing, but efforts have stalled or reversed  (NBC News) L.A.’s dirtiest cop: A mild-mannered traffic officer who

SpotCrime Weekly Reads: Violent crime, AI tech, transparency

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Fired cops, police advisory committee, police community relations, traffic stops clogging courts, police discipline records, National Crime Victimization Survey, stranger danger and violent crime, reducing gun crime, stolen guns, rap music used as evidence to convict, AI tool in criminal cases faces legal challenges, AI cameras, drones respond to 911 calls, police transparency in Pittsburgh, police data transparency, dashboards for criminal justice, and more... POLICE CONDUCT The Police Department for Fired Cops  (Illinois Answers Project) New police advisory committee formed after changes from state law  (Fox13Memphis) Using basketball to improve police-community relations and lower gun violence  (The Philadelphia Inquirer) In Memphis, Minor Traffic Stops are Clogging Courts and Draining Resources  (Vera.org) Yonkers PD must hand over police discipline records to civil liberties group, judge rules  (AOL) CRIME RATE National Crime Victimization Survey: Prevalence Estimation Methods  (C

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: 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: 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: Juvenile violence, drones as first responders, rethinking public safety

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Jersey City behind on crime data reporting, responding to mental health calls, Portland progress in policing reform, police chiefs reimagine mission and culture of law enforcement, overdose sites not associated with increase in crime, impact of gratitude on unethical behavior, juvenile violence, addressing gun violence, drones as first responders, lags in releasing body cam footage, rethinking prison, and more... POLICE CONDUCT Jersey City Police Over Two Years Behind on Crime Reporting, State Official  (Jersey City Times) Police Chiefs Reimagine the Mission and Culture of Law Enforcement  (Governing.com) Cities know the way police respond to mental crisis calls needs to change. But how?  (NPR.org) Justice Department and City of Portland, Oregon, Seek Independent Monitor and Partial Termination of Consent Decree Covering the Portland Police Bureau after Substantial Progress in Policing Reform  (Justice.gov) School-based law enforcement strategies to reduce crime, increase perceptions o

SpotCrime Weekly Reads: police funding, crime data, restorative justice

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Feds award police funding in CT, police service requests via text, police mental health, shoplifting trends, deciphering federal crime data trends, Baltimore homicides dip, Cop Con tech, public access to police radio traffic, Clery Reporting, restorative justice, and more... POLICE CONDUCT Feds award $8.8 million in police funding to Connecticut, municipalities  (Inside Investigator) Community can now receive Santa Monica Police service request updates on their phone  (SantaMonica.gov) In one 24-hour period, 4 LA county sheriff employees died by suicide: What we know so far   If you or someone you know needs mental health support, contact the national Suicide & Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988  (USA Today) CRIME RATE Shoplifting Trends: What You Need to Know  (Council on Criminal Justice) New Data Shows Violent Crime Is Up… And Also Down. Property crime and violence against young people are both up, recent federal data shows, but other crime trends are murkier.  (The Marshall Project

SpotCrime Weekly Reads: Police performance, data transparency, criminal justice

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Denver police performance, Mississippi tough on crime talk, co-responder program, FBI data incomplete, tough on crime package in DC,  Ithaca's crime transparency problem, tracking the size of the US criminal justice system, and more... POLICE CONDUCT Are Denver Police trustworthy? Do they keep you safe? The department wants to know what you think about its performance  (Denverite) Delayed homicide autopsies pile up in Mississippi despite tough-on-crime-talk  (ABC News) Supreme Court Asked (Again!) To Rule That Recording Cops Is Protected By The 1st Amendment  (TechDirt) Sheriff gives 2023 Buncombe County crime data, eyes making co-responder program permanent  (Citizen Times) CRIME RATE The FBI released its annual national crime stats. The data is horribly incomplete  (The Guardian) 4 key takeaways from the FBI's annual crime report  (NPR) Scoop: D.C. mayor to unveil new tough-on-crime package  (Axios) 41 arrested in ‘Operation Big Easy,’ targeting 7 high-crime neighborhoods  (F

SpotCrime Weekly Reads: crime stats, Clery Act, health crisis teams

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Wrong crime stats at State and FBI level, Universities noncompliant with Clery Act, inventory of untested rape kits, mental health crisis teams, residents join forces to create safer blocks, predictive policing software, calls for service transparency, Mass. police disciplinary records released, 'Prison Ramen', and more... POLICE CONDUCT FBI publishes wrong crime numbers for St. Louis again amid technology woes for city police  (St Louis Today) see also:  LMPD says 'none' of its crime numbers are correct in annual Kentucky report  (WDRB) Liberty University failed to disclose crime data and warn of threats for years, report says  (AP News) see also:  UNM is noncompliant with crime transparency law Daily Crime log missing data, LoboAlerts never sent  (Daily Lobo) New bill seeks to pressure police nationwide to take inventory of untested rape kits or lose funding  (USA Today) Non-carceral emergency response initiatives require a cultural shift  (Prism Reports) see also:  B

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: Mental health, homicide rate drop, open crime data

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Kentucky crime stats undercounted homicides, enhancing the effectiveness of law enforcement mental health, Utah County's domestic violence shelter short on space, homicide rate declines, CA red flag law, Berkeley considering license plate readers, OH Marsy's law limits public right to know, Dallas restores open data feed after ransomware attack, choosing a correctional officer position, and more... POLICE CONDUCT D.C. Offering Free Software Upgrades For Hyundai Owners At RFK Stadium This Week  (DCist.com) Report: Kentucky Crime Statistics Undercounted 2022 Homicides in the State's Most Populous County  (US News) Chicago Spent $126.5M on Police Overtime in 6 Months, an Almost 50% Jump Over Last Year: Records  (WTTW) Mental Health Providers and Peers Help Enhance the Effectiveness of Law Enforcement Mental Health Interventions  (Springer Link) see also:  Miami-Dade police chief offered resignation before suicide attempt on Florida highway, mayor says  (NBC News) New report su

SpotCrime Weekly Reads: Gun violence, police transparency, camera footage

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AI nonemergency call takers, White House report on improving trust and accountability in policing, doorbell footage compliance, gunfire leading cause of death for TN youth, growing up with gun violence, quitting crime, gunshot detection, cameras spark privacy debate, body cam video transparency, access to search warrants, incomplete crime data, economic benefits from criminal justice reforms, jail based mental health interventions, and more... POLICE CONDUCT Dallas Crime Data Still Dark as Year Nears Halfway Point  (Dallas Express) Are you required to comply when police request doorbell footage? 5 On Your Side investigates  (WRAL) A.I. Call Taker Will Begin Taking Over Police Nonemergency Phone Lines Next Week Artificial intelligence is “kind of a scary word for us,” admits the dispatch director.  (Williamette Week) White House report on improving trust and accountability in policing  (SpotCrime Blog) CRIME RATE How to get people to quit crime  (SlowBoring) Study finds gunfire as leadi

White House report on improving trust and accountability in policing

The White House Criminal Justice Statistics Interagency Working Group recently published a report “ Equity and Law Enforcement Data Collection, Use, and Transparency ” discussing the importance of robust data collection, analysis, and transparency in non-federal law enforcement agencies to improve trust and accountability in policing. The report highlights the need for complete, accurate, and reliable data on police activities nationwide as the United States currently has inconsistent data standards and significant gaps in data participation. The report found issues with the current status of collection, use, and transparency of policing data and discusses the challenges and variations in data collection and reporting across different law enforcement agencies. Additionally, it mentions the need for coordination and standardization within the federal data and statistical ecosystem, as well as the role of local law enforcement agencies in data collection and publishing. Without proper

SpotCrime Weekly Reads: Gun violence, murder rate decrease, AI and police forces

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Police data, military policing, relationship between income and crime, murder rate is falling, gun violence reduction plans, AI and police forces, police data transparency, license plate readers, drones as first responders, transformative juvenile justice, bond data dashboard, and more... POLICE CONDUCT APD Uses Data to Drive Policework  (Alameda Post) Researchers find little evidence military policing reduces crime  (Brown.edu) CRIME RATE ‘Performance crime’ on TikTok and YouTube is driving up car thefts, police say  (Fortune) Relationship between Income and Crime in Chicago  (Symposium) SAPD Chief ‘cautiously optimistic’ on violent crime plan’s progress  (KSAT) Arizona had one of the highest rates of domestic violence deaths in 2022, report finds  (AZFamily.com) The Murder Rate is Suddenly Falling  (The Atlantic) see also:  The Tide: Drastic decline in Savannah murder statistics City police department reports only one homicide this year as of May 27  (The Current) and also:  Data sho

SpotCrime Weekly Reads: Crime stats, violence intervention, surveillance

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Misleading crime stats,  mental health calls response, violence intervention programs, effects of increased police presence on perceptions of arrest risk, surveillance tools in your city, AI security tech, OH mayors launch data innovation, re-offending, and more... POLICE CONDUCT Antioch police chief assures residents there will be no gaps in service  (The Mercury News) McCurtain County residents demand Sheriff, Commissioner’s resignation  (KFOR) Exclusive: Analysis shows Jackson police chief misled council members, public about city’s crime rate  (WLBT) see also:  Editorial: With a Touch of Orwell, Mayor Misleads Again on Crime Stats  (Jersey City Times) Indy FOP wants police to stop responding to mental health calls after officer indictments  (IndyStar) CRIME RATE Police chief says Austin has seen a big drop in violent crime since state troopers started helping out  (Austin Monitor) D.C.’s Violence Intervention Programs To Receive In-Depth Evaluation  (DCist) New crime solutions tool

SpotCrime Weekly Reads: mental health, gun violence, debtors prison

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Encrypted radios, mental health calls for service, mental health of criminal justice professionals, youth gun deaths and gun violence on the rise, policing software blamed for errors, tighter drug laws could cause unsustainable workload, police database to fight gun crimes, debtors prison, and more... POLICE CONDUCT Hearing sirens? Finding out why could get harder as Central Indiana police encrypt radios  (Indy Star) The Intersection of Health and Justice: An Evaluation of Mental Health First Aid Training for Justice-involved Professionals  (SAGE Journals) Addictions, mental health, housing issues drive up police calls for service  (CKOM)  CRIME RATE Gun deaths among U.S. children and teens rose 50% in two years  (Pew Research Center) see also:  Data shows alarming rise in youth gun violence in Harris County  (CW39 Houston) Local newsrooms want to stop sensationalizing crime, but it’s hard  (Poynter) Louisville mayor vows to fight gun violence  (ABC News) CRIM-TECH Policing software bl

SpotCrime Weekly Reads: police staffing, gun violence, crime data

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Police staffing shortages and woes, misconduct settlements, access to mental health, gun violence data 'unattainable', gun violence trends, retail crime, Broken Windows Theory, procurement issues lead to crime lab backlog, data sharing, life after prison, and more... POLICE CONDUCT Baltimore County reports one set of sexual assault data to the FBI. They tell the public another story.  (The Baltimore Banner) As New York Pays Out Millions In Police Misconduct Settlements, Lawmakers Ask Why They Keep Happening  (ProPublica) Police didn't get defunded but many large departments are shrinking  (NPR) see also:  Report Shows Staffing Issues' Impact on Boston Police 911 System  (NBC10) see also:  'Better offer, with higher pay,' News 13 investigates APD's struggle to recruit and hire  (WLOS)   After Police Killing of Walter Scott, a Department Tries to Rebound  (NYTimes) A Descriptive Study of Police Officer Access to Mental Health Services  (Springer Link) Federal-