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Push by Feds to Investigate Violent Demonstrators Nets 300 Arrests So Far

WASHINGTON — In a private call with federal prosecutors across the country, Attorney General William Barr’s message was clear: aggressively go after demonstrators who cause violence. Barr pushed his U.S. attorneys to bring federal charges whenever they could, keeping a …

FBI Investigating Covid-19 Data Breach in South Dakota

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The FBI is investigating a data breach that may have compromised the identity of people with the COVID-19 virus in South Dakota. Paul Niedringhaus, who directs the South Dakota Fusion Center that handles emergency calls, sent …

Minneapolis Reform Recommendations Include Police Liability Insurance Mandate

Several advocacy groups presented their own recommendations to reform law enforcement practices in Minneapolis, a day after the majority of the City Council voiced support for abolishing the police department entirely in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Minnesota’s Council …

Tennessee Providing Virus Patient Info to First Responders

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The names and addresses of Tennesseans who have tested positive for COVID-19 are being provided to first responders, law enforcement and paramedics under a state agreement deemed necessary to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The …

Georgia County’s Experience Shows Perils of Ransomware

JEFFERSON, Ga. — On the first Saturday in March, computer screens at the 911 dispatch center in this small town went dark. Staff at the county jail around the same time could no longer open cell doors remotely with electronic …

University of Georgia Research Shows Simulators Reduce Police Car Crashes

Police car wrecks are the biggest risk management expense related to law enforcement, causing local governments to lose money. New research from the University of Georgia shows that a driver training program can result in big savings. Specifically, proper training …

Experts: Event Organizers Should Improve Emergency Plans

LOS ANGELES — Event organizers should review their emergency plans after the deadly shooting at a California food festival to see if they can make additional safety improvements as the peak of summer and fair season brings open-air environments that …

Microsoft Turned Down Facial-Recognition Sales on Human Rights Concerns

PALO ALTO, California — Microsoft Corp recently rejected a California law enforcement agency’s request to install facial recognition technology in officers’ cars and body cameras due to human rights concerns, company President Brad Smith said on Tuesday. Microsoft concluded it …

Ohio Will Expand Law Enforcement Simulator Use

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is announcing expanded efforts to train Ohio’s law enforcement officers in firearms and car-chase safety. DeWine’s office said Monday that demand from law-enforcement agencies has led to plans to increase the number of training simulators …

Kentucky Law Enforcement Group Takes Aim at Constables

Kentucky should abolish the office of constable or strip away its law-enforcement powers because it has outlived its usefulness and is no longer essential to modern law-enforcement work, a group said Thursday. The move comes after a yearlong study by …