A crime lab in the San Francisco Bay area has made an impressive dent in gun violence by helping local cops swiftly identify weapons used in crime through the 20-year-old National Integrated Ballistic Information Network. So why aren’t other police departments taking advantage of the network?
Supporters want to spent $95 million on a new facility to train police. Opponents say Chicago already allocates too many funds to law enforcement and that an academy won’t solve the city’s crime problems.
Survivors of the Feb. 14 Florida school massacre visited 80 cities and towns in two dozen states, working to register young new voters who might help defeat political leaders supported by the National Rifle Association. “It’s going to take a cultural shift” to change U.S. gun laws, says a student leader.
Charlottesville, Va., officials were criticized for their handling of a white supremacist rally that turned deadly. This year, they have declared a state of emergency before the event’s first anniversary.
A study by a home security startup argues they may not. The firm, which advertises its own “artificial intelligence” alternative, says a nationwide survey of law enforcement agencies found that in cities with populations of 50,000 or more, police won’t answer alarm alerts from 40 percent of residents.
New York City will spend $1.8 million this year to roll out “mobile trauma units” — buses filled with counselors and peacekeepers known as violence interrupters — to crime scenes throughout the city in an effort to ease tensions in communities after acts of gun violence.
According to a study of Chicago sports viewing habits by researchers at the University of California-Davis, crime rates drop during major televised athletic events. But it’s not clear whether the impact of “entertainment diversion” lasts after the game ends.
Concerns about security at New York City hotels used to shelter homeless families are rising after a report documents criminal activity at more than half the hotels last year. The city now houses more than 30 percent of the nation’s homeless families.