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Burlington Times News

Ahmed Jallow

22 March 2021

Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States

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For four years, Fayetteville, N.C., police virtually banned their officers from making traffic stops for petty violations having nothing to do with traffic safety, but increased their enforcement of speeding, red-ligh...

Coloradoan

Sady Swanson

22 March 2021

Fort Collins, Colorado, United States

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Acting on a recognition that police and the criminal justice system are too involved in responses to mental health and substance abuse crises, UCHealth formed mental health response teams that partner with Fort Collin...

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Jim Dudley

19 March 2021

Chula Vista, California, United States

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The Chula Vista Police Department uses the Live911 system to live-stream 911 calls to police officers on patrol. The system enables quicker responses to emergencies and reduces the risk of unnecessary confrontations b...

TVO

Charnel Anderson

15 March 2021

Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

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Thunder Bay police formed IMPACT (Integrated Mobile Police Assessment Crisis Team), pairing crisis responders with mental health expertise with police officers to respond 24/7 to people experiencing mental health cris...

The Guardian

Aaron Miguel Cantú

12 March 2021

Chico, California, United States

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A series of killings by the police sparked a community-led movement urging greater accountability and better training. The campaign bore fruit when the Chico mayor formed a committee to examine use of force policies. ...

Curbed New York

Alissa Walker

10 March 2021

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Four years after pairing social workers with police officers on certain nonemergency calls, Denver's STAR program began dispatching a mental-health clinician and paramedic as sole first responders when health and soci...

Wired

Josh Jacobs

10 March 2021

Durham, England

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Using the tools of medical research can help transform policing from an arbitrary and often-damaging practice ruled by gut instinct into a carefully calibrated approach to reducing crime without causing so much collat...

WFTS-TV

Kylie McGivern

4 March 2021

Tampa, Florida, United States

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Law enforcement and a private organization, Rahab's Daughters, attacked human sex trafficking at the 2021 Super Bowl in Tampa by tracing leads from tens of thousands of advertisements for sexual services. While the pr...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Christina Jedra

1 March 2021

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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Honolulu could benefit from adopting the approach to mental-health crisis calls to 911 that Eugene, Oregon, uses. But it would need to make big changes first in its critical infrastructure. Eugene's CAHOOTS program se...

The New York Times

Jonah Engel Bromwich

Sarah Maslin Nir

Benjamin Weiser

26 February 2021

New York, United States

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In the more than five years since New York's governor ordered the attorney general to take charge of investigations and prosecutions when police kill unarmed people, only three police officers have been charged with c...

KGW-TV

Dan Haggerty

24 February 2021

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Although Eugene, Oregon's long-running, successful CAHOOTS program serves as one model for the new Portland Street Response, a more relevant model can be found in Denver's STAR program. Like CAHOOTS, STAR responds to ...

Life & Thyme

Zainab Onuh-Yahaya

23 February 2021

Nigeria

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During Nigerians' protests against the brutality of the Nigerian Police Force's Special Anti-Robbery Squad, a single tweet for donations to feed protesters grew into a movement that sustained the protests both physica...

WLOS-TV

Kimberly King

17 February 2021

Buffalo, New York, United States

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5-15 Minutes

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Asheville, North Carolina, police hope to model a violence-intervention program on one in Buffalo, New York, in which police use "custom notifications" to identify people prone to violence. Those notified are given a ...

The Oregonian

Samantha Swindler

15 February 2021

Oregon, United States

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Oregon law enforcement agencies partnered with a Virginia laboratory, Parabon NanoLabs, to use genetic genealogy to learn the identities of people whose remains were found long ago but never identified. To give peace ...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Christina Jedra

11 February 2021

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

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LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) proved itself in Seattle as effective at addressing the underlying problems of people experiencing homelessness, by waiving their criminal charges if they accepted needed serv...

USA Today

Grace Hauck

6 February 2021

Denver, Colorado, United States

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In its first six months, Denver's STAR program (Support Team Assistance Response) handled 748 emergency calls that in the past would have gone to the police or firefighters. Two-person teams of a medic and clinician h...

CBS News

Li Cohen

6 February 2021

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Denver's STAR program (Support Team Assisted Response) replaced police officers with health professionals on 748 calls for help. In incidents involving mental health, homelessness, and substance abuse, police backup w...

Next City

Emily Nonko

3 February 2021

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Through its Creative CityMaking program, the city of Minneapolis pays artists to use their skills to promote healing and community-building in projects they design on their own. The program had existed for seven years...

Denverite

David Sachs

2 February 2021

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Denver's STAR (Support Team Assisted Response) program deliberately reduces potentially violent encounters between uniformed police officers and troubled people by responding to certain low-level crises with a mental ...

Crosscut

David Kroman

Sara Bernard

28 January 2021

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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Like many cities, Seattle is looking to Eugene, Oregon, for a model to shift resources from police to unarmed crisis responders handling 911 calls about mental health, addiction, family conflict, and other non-crimina...

The Appeal

Manjeet Kaur

28 January 2021

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Since 2017, Seattle residents have had a direct say in how some city money is spent on neighborhood projects. It's a form of "participatory budgeting" that has been spreading from Brazil through many U.S. cities. Afte...

Crosscut

David Kroman

Sara Bernard

28 January 2021

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Seattle spent nearly a decade reforming its police department and branding itself as an example of how to fix a broken system prone to violence and racial bias. Public trust improved and the use of force declined. But...

Crosscut

David Kroman

Sara Bernard

28 January 2021

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Seattle Police Department's crisis response team answers some of the city's many 911 calls for people in distress, pairing police trained in handling such calls with mental health professionals. The aim is to counter ...

The Greenville News

Daniel J. Gross

28 January 2021

South Carolina, United States

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After the South Carolina legislature in 2005 began requiring police to enforce a seat-belt law with traffic stops, it imposed on all police departments a duty to track and report traffic-stop data on drivers' race. Th...

The City

Yoav Gonen

Topher Sanders

21 January 2021

New York, New York, United States

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New York Police Department banned chokeholds in 1993, to prevent unnecessary injury and death. The practice has been scrutinized especially closely since the 2014 death of Eric Garner. But despite hundreds of complain...

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