On the left, a group of people releasing pink balloons in the sky. On the right, a photo of Andreae Lloyd, whose boyfriend has been charged in her 2021 death.

Police officers can help prevent domestic violence killings by asking the right questions

BY: - December 7, 2023

For help, call 800-799-7233, or text “START” to 88788 for the 24/7 National Domestic Violence Hotline. This story was originally published on Stateline. Today, Andreae Lloyd’s family will mark the second anniversary of her death. Just after midnight on Dec. 7, 2021, police say, Xavier Johnson, Lloyd’s boyfriend, knocked on the door of the Miami-area group home she […]

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Less driving but more deaths: Spike in traffic fatalities puzzles lawmakers

BY: - November 11, 2023

This story was originally published on Stateline. Traffic deaths are lingering near historic highs in most states despite less driving overall, prompting policymakers to consider deploying more police or installing automated monitoring such as speed cameras to curb speeding and reckless driving. People are driving fewer miles than they were in 2019, but more are […]

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Georgia man arrested while carrying assault-style firearm near U.S. Capitol 

BY: - November 7, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. Capitol Police used a taser on and arrested a man on Tuesday whom they alleged walked with an assault-style weapon near the Capitol building, though it didn’t initially appear the man made any direct threats against members of Congress. USCP Chief Tom Manger said during a brief press conference that a 21-year-old […]

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, standing at a lectern surrounded by law enforcement officers.

Politicians love to cite crime data. It’s often wrong.

BY: - October 27, 2023

When Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis announced his presidential campaign in May, he proudly told the nation that Florida’s crime rate in 2021 had reached a 50-year low. But really, DeSantis couldn’t say for sure. That’s because fewer than 1 in 10 law enforcement agencies in his state had reported their crime statistics to the […]

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No more attending classes: These community colleges let students learn at their own pace.

BY: - October 24, 2023

Jaqueline Yalda, who has been a campus police officer at El Paso Community College in Texas for a decade, sought a promotion earlier this year. But first, the department required her to complete a college-level course in criminal justice. It had been many years since Yalda had taken any college classes. And at age 38, […]

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AI bots are helping 911 dispatchers with their workload

BY: - October 16, 2023

In the middle of a storm, 911 call centers often find themselves inundated with reports of fallen trees, flooded roads and panicked residents. Every call matters, but with multiple reports of the same incident pouring in, the pressure on emergency services can become overwhelming. Amid the chaos, a technological ally has emerged: artificial intelligence. In […]

A worker in a mask, blue gloves and a blue shirt removes a pair of underwear from a rape kit.

Sexual assault survivors can now track their rape kits in most states

BY: - September 8, 2023

It can take hours for a sexual assault victim to undergo the multiple swabs, hair samples, blood and urine collections, and other invasive procedures of a sexual assault examination. And then it can take months, sometimes years, for investigators to process that evidence kit. But now, responding to demands from survivors and their advocates, more […]

Marion County Record publisher Eric Meyer holding up a copy of the first newspaper printed after a police raid on the newspaper. Media are assembled around him.

Marion County Record publishes in defiance of police raid — and gets seized property back

BY: - August 17, 2023

MARION — Marion County Record staff worked through the night to publish the paper’s weekly edition as scheduled Wednesday, days after police raided the newsroom and confiscated computers, cellphones and other items. A single word screamed across the top of the paper in 200-point bold type — “SEIZED” — followed by a defiant statement: “… […]

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Police stage ‘chilling’ raid on Kansas newspaper, seizing computers, records and cellphones

BY: , , and - August 12, 2023

MARION, Kansas — In an unprecedented raid Friday, local law enforcement seized computers, cellphones and reporting materials from the Marion County Record office, the newspaper’s reporters, and the publisher’s home. Eric Meyer, owner and publisher of the newspaper, said police were motivated by a confidential source who leaked sensitive documents to the newspaper, and the […]