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Public safety officials work to address mental illness in Indianapolis
Indianapolis Public Safety officials and several partners are working to address the problem of mental illness in some of the city’s toughest neighborhoods. While the six targeted neighborhoods account for less than five percent of the city’s population, they account for nearly 15 percent of the city’s mental illness emergency calls.
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The tiny police department in Southern Oregon that plans to end campus rape
New York Magazine
Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, colleges are required to provide a safe place to learn for all students. A 2012 letter from the Office of Civil Rights reminded schools that if a student reports a sexual assault to the school, college administrators must investigate that allegation. As a result, disciplinary panels originally designed to decide cases of plagiarism are acting like criminal courts in rape cases with students, administrators, and professors questioning victims, alleged assailants, and witnesses and doling out punishments.
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FirstNet 'public safety entity' definition should be broad, but prioritization policies must be clear
Urgent Communications
Today, the commercial wireless industry suddenly looks remarkably different than the one that existed when Congress created FirstNet less than three years ago, when LTE was just a promising-but-nascent technology. Donny Jackson seriously doubts that anyone on Capitol Hill envisioned the incredible pace of deployment and adoption that has occurred with LTE—and, fortunately, they didn’t need to. What Congress — following the lead of public safety, which selected LTE as its next-generation communications technology — did recognize was that the commercial wireless market was developing several times faster than the public-safety communications sector.
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Teachers with guns
David Thweatt is not a man who minces words. “If someone breaks into our homes, and there's really no way for us to escape — if my children are there — it's capital punishment. We're not asking, ‘Hey, are you on drugs? Did you go into the wrong home?’ ” And what's good enough for Thweatt at home is good enough for the school he runs.
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NYC plans focus on mental health in justice system
The New York Times
n an effort to reduce the growing number of inmates with mental health and substance abuse problems in New York City’s jails, the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans on Monday to significantly expand public health services at almost every step of the criminal justice process. City officials, who are allocating $130 million over four years to the project, said their goal was to break the revolving door of arrest, incarceration and release that has trapped many troubled individuals in the system for relatively minor, quality-of-life offenses. The new plan will shift emphasis from punishment for minor crimes to treatment.
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End near for New Jersey red light cameras
Claims Journal
A bane of motorists and a boon to municipal coffers, New Jersey’s red light cameras are a get-rich-quick scheme by towns or a worthwhile safety improvement that is saving lives, depending on where you sit. The cameras are scheduled to stop rolling in about two weeks, and they face an uncertain future after a sometimes-rocky five-year pilot program. Legislation would be required to revive the cameras, and that is seen as unlikely since Republican Gov. Chris Christie has indicated he is leaning against renewing the program.
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Flashing beacons aim to increase pedestrian safety
The State
Sharon Beamer was 3 miles into a 5-mile walk with her dog, Tedde, on Monday morning when she approached a traffic circle in Davidson, South Carolina. She pressed the pedestrian crosswalk button, and beacons suddenly flashed at oncoming motorists. Cars stopped, and Beamer and her Benji-look-alike dog crossed the busy thoroughfare. When she pressed the button, a recorded voice said, "Wait! Warning lights activated. Vehicles may not stop. Cross with caution."
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