PRIMA RiskWatch
Jan. 6, 2011

PRIMA's 2011 Public Risk Management Awards deadline is in one week!

The deadline for application submission is Jan. 14, 2011, so don't delay!

Earn recognition for your risk management program or product and win a complimentary registration to PRIMA's 2011 Annual Conference in Portland, Ore., by submitting an application for PRIMA's 2011 Awards Program in one of these categories: Only voting government members qualify for this program.

For more information or to view the online brochure, contact Jessica Konrath, at or 703.253.1270 or visit the PRIMA website. More

5 public safety issues to watch in 2011
The Informant
In 2010, the California Bay Area was a hotspot for criminal justice issues that have been brewing nationwide. From the shooting death of Oscar Grant to the campaign to legalize marijuana, the area provided sparks that ignited controversies. That trend will likely continue in 2011 — many themes of the past year will continue to resonate in policy and politics.More

Portland Chief Mike Reese vows to search for ways
to reduce police use of deadly force

The Oregonian
Portland Police Chief Mike Reese called the unusual spate of officer-involved shootings "unacceptable" and vowed to have his training division and outside experts research equipment, police tactics and all of last year's shootings to determine what can be done to limit police use of deadly force.More

New Jersey to set boundaries of Atlantic City casino tourism zone
New Jersey lawmakers may set the boundaries of a proposed tourism zone in Atlantic City, defining exactly where increased public safety, cleanliness and development initiatives will extend in the nation's second-largest gambling market. The changes come as the legislature continues to finalize a plan laid out by Gov. Chris Christie in July to revive the struggling resort's fortunes.More

Bay City ISD in Texas gets letter threatening safety of students
The Houston Chronicle
Bay City ISD, located in Texas, has increased security at its schools after receiving an anonymous letter that threatened students and the superintendent's family if the sender's demands were not met. The school district notified parents by phone or text of the threat on Monday, one day before the beginning of the spring semester.More

Mayfair, Wis., considering changes after teens storm mall
Journal Sentinel
Mayfair Mall officials said Monday they are considering operational changes one day after dozens of young people stormed the popular mall late in the afternoon, scaring customers and store employees. Police confirmed that a gun was fired outside the mall. It was unclear whether the disruption inside the mall was connected to an attempted armed robbery near a bus stop where police said the gun was fired.More

Brookfield, Wis., taxpayers hit with $7,500 payout
for open carry incident

Taxpayers in Brookfield will pay $7,500 to a woman who carried a gun into a church service — and to the gun rights' group that sued on her behalf. Wisconsin Carry Incorporated went to bat for Krysta Sutterfield, after she was arrested last July for carrying an open handgun and a holster into the Unitarian Universalist Church.More

Ann Arbor, Mich., agrees to $187,000 contract with county for weapons screening at new municipal center
The Ann Arbor City Council voted recently to approve a $187,000 contract with Washtenaw County, Mich., for weapons screening services at the new Ann Arbor Municipal Center. When the 15th District Court relocates from the Washtenaw County Courthouse to the new police-courts building on Jan. 14, the court will lose weapons screening services currently provided in the County Courthouse by the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office.More