Law Enforcement http://americancityandcounty.com/taxonomy/term/6610/more en Lawsuit accuses Mississippi sheriff’s department of unfair racial profiling http://americancityandcounty.com/courts/lawsuit-accuses-mississippi-sheriff-s-department-unfair-racial-profiling <div class="node-body article-body">The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Mississippi is suing the Madison County, Miss., Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) in a federal lawsuit for unfairly targeting black residents for unconstitutional traffic stops, searches of houses and property and sometimes violent searches and seizures, all without proper suspicion of wrongdoing.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/courts/lawsuit-accuses-mississippi-sheriff-s-department-unfair-racial-profiling" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/courts/lawsuit-accuses-mississippi-sheriff-s-department-unfair-racial-profiling#comments Courts Law Enforcement Thu, 11 May 2017 21:05:00 +0000 77581 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>The Madison County&nbsp;Courthouse in Canton, Miss. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Madison_County_Mississippi_Courthouse.jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>.&nbsp;</p> Public outcry over police department disbandment causes town to reverse their decision http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/public-outcry-over-police-department-disbandment-causes-town-reverse-their-decision <div class="node-body article-body">There was major public outcry when the Forest Lake, Minn., city council voted to disband its police department. Three days later, the council reached an agreement to keep it intact. </div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/public-outcry-over-police-department-disbandment-causes-town-reverse-their-decision" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/public-outcry-over-police-department-disbandment-causes-town-reverse-their-decision#comments Law Enforcement Thu, 11 May 2017 20:08:00 +0000 77571 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Forest Lake, Minn. Police Department cruiser. Image via <a href="https://www.facebook.com/forestlakepolicedept/photos/a.346227355445358.75156.263157017085726/413306992070727/?type=1&amp;theater" target="_blank">Forest Lake Police Department Facebook</a>.&nbsp;</p> Better behavior on both sides of the badge http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/better-behavior-both-sides-badge <div class="field-deck"> Body-worn cameras are improving transparency, integrity and legitimacy in America’s police departments </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Body-worn cameras are improving transparency, integrity and legitimacy in America’s police departments.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/better-behavior-both-sides-badge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/better-behavior-both-sides-badge#comments Law Enforcement Wed, 10 May 2017 16:19:00 +0000 77551 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Some experts feel a camera mounted on glasses, a helmet or a collar offers better line-of-sight, saying footage won&#39;t become obscured if an officer draws their weapon. Photo provided by TASER.</p> The truth about law enforcement's use of facial recognition technology http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/truth-about-law-enforcements-use-facial-recognition-technology <div class="node-body blog-body">Retired NYPD officer Roger Rodriguez, who helped establish the NYPD's first facial recognition technology (FRT) unit, discusses why FRT is a useful tool in law enforcement.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/truth-about-law-enforcements-use-facial-recognition-technology" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/truth-about-law-enforcements-use-facial-recognition-technology#comments Law Enforcement Viewpoints Tue, 09 May 2017 21:15:00 +0000 77541 at http://americancityandcounty.com Amid the rise of sanctuary cities, some eschew the term, enforce federal immigration laws http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/amid-rise-sanctuary-cities-some-eschew-term-enforce-federal-immigration-laws <div class="node-body article-body">Despite federal officials’ denouncements of sanctuary cities, many have defiantly held their ground on immigration. Others, however, have opted to eschew the title, with some enforcing immigration laws more heavily than before.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/amid-rise-sanctuary-cities-some-eschew-term-enforce-federal-immigration-laws" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/amid-rise-sanctuary-cities-some-eschew-term-enforce-federal-immigration-laws#comments Law Enforcement Tue, 18 Apr 2017 23:26:00 +0000 77161 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>A U.S. Border Patrol Station in south Texas. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:South_Texas_U.S._Border_Patrol_Station_(11935079164).jpg" target="_blank">Wikimedia Commons.</a></p> Austin public safety officials ramp up response to synthetic drug outbreak http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/austin-public-safety-officials-ramp-response-synthetic-drug-outbreak <div class="node-body article-body">An increased wave of incidents tied to a synthetic drug has led Austin, Texas, public safety officials to increase their response. </div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/austin-public-safety-officials-ramp-response-synthetic-drug-outbreak" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/austin-public-safety-officials-ramp-response-synthetic-drug-outbreak#comments Law Enforcement Fri, 07 Apr 2017 21:56:00 +0000 77031 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>A cup of synthetic cannabinoid Spice, or K2. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:%27Spice%27_--_a_designer_synthetic_cannabinoid.jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Damage control http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/damage-control <div class="field-deck"> Police are increasing their precision when handling riots and protests </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Police are increasing their precision when handling riots and protests.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/damage-control" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/damage-control#comments Law Enforcement Mon, 06 Mar 2017 00:03:00 +0000 76361 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Milwaukee Police Department officers hold a growing crowd back from the scene of the city&rsquo;s August 2016 riots. Image via City of Milwaukee.</p> Infographic: The 'fuzz'iness between police-public relations and perceptions http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/infographic-fuzziness-between-police-public-relations-and-perceptions <div class="node-body article-body">This infographic shows how police view the public and what the public thinks about local law enforcement.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/infographic-fuzziness-between-police-public-relations-and-perceptions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/infographic-fuzziness-between-police-public-relations-and-perceptions#comments Law Enforcement Bonus Content Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:56:00 +0000 76251 at http://americancityandcounty.com Audits, investigations expose issues in cities’ surveillance systems http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/audits-investigations-expose-issues-cities-surveillance-systems <div class="node-body article-body">Investigations and audits have exposed issues in city surveillance systems, but public safety employees continue to tout the systems’ importance to ensuring public safety.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/audits-investigations-expose-issues-cities-surveillance-systems" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/audits-investigations-expose-issues-cities-surveillance-systems#comments Law Enforcement Technology Wed, 14 Dec 2016 19:24:00 +0000 74951 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Downtown Pittsburgh. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:2008-05-25_Pittsburgh_101_Downtown_(2670709962).jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Boston Police plans to monitor social media draw praise, criticism http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/boston-police-plans-monitor-social-media-draw-praise-criticism <div class="node-body article-body">The Boston Police Department may soon enact controversial plan to utilize software that would scan social media for criminal activity and threats. While proponents of the plan say the software will make Boston a safer city, civil liberties groups say it would be an invasion of privacy.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/boston-police-plans-monitor-social-media-draw-praise-criticism" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/boston-police-plans-monitor-social-media-draw-praise-criticism#comments Law Enforcement Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:00:00 +0000 74831 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:BPDHeadquarters.JPG">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p>