In a problem that reflects a national trend, Hartford, Conn., cites the robust economy and tarnished reputation of law enforcement in a dearth of applicants for police jobs there. Meanwhile, Baltimore is preparing to launch a campaign to attract a new generation of recruits–“millennial, local, minority, female”–to fill 90 officer vacancies.
Some are urging Baltimore schools to follow Seattle’s lead and drop Miranda’s traditional clumsy legalese. Instead of “You have the right to remain silent,” Seattle children and teens are advised, “It’s OK if you don’t want to talk to me.”
Three big-city prosecutors who have formed special units to review—and correct—errors made by their offices say a “cultural shift” is necessary to persuade politicians, police and their own attorneys that it is more important to avoid mistakes than to simply win convictions.
In a deep dive into homicide statistics, the Wall Street Journal finds that improvements or deterioration in a small cluster of big-city neighborhoods can have an oversized impact on national murder rates.
So many bikes have been ripped out of their locked docking stations that the program is being shut down for a month so they can be more stoutly secured. The manufacturer said it has never experienced the level of theft that has occurred in Baltimore.