The total–128 through Thursday–is the second-lowest in 50 years. Geoffrey P. Alpert, who researches high-risk police activities, explained, “We’re starting to see the impact of all this new training and equipment, and a shift because of the overall concern for officer safety.”
Adopting protocols used by some other large law enforcement agencies, Chicago police are now discouraged from using Tasers against people who are simply running away or are otherwise vulnerable to injury.
A combination of hot-spot policing and a redevelopment project resulted in crime reduction by as much as 49 percent in one at-risk community. The study of Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood underlines the link between community participation, improved real estate and public safety.
Marking the 50th anniversary of a wide-ranging report of a commission named by President Lyndon B. Johnson, some experts call for a 21st-century repeat, focusing on police, prosecutors, and mass incarceration. But some speakers at a Washington symposium worried the new administration’s “tough on crime” approach could limit its impact.
Misconduct at the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department has earned some of its top officers, including Sheriff Lee Baca, criminal convictions. Now, an investigation by WitnessLA into a fleet of Sea King helicopters loaned under a controversial Defense Department program raises questions of high-level fraud.
A national group led by police chiefs and prosecutors has called on President Donald Trump to adopt policies the organization says can reduce both crime and incarceration and also save taxpayer dollars.