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How Ohio enhanced its public safety services with a reduced budget
Emergency Management
In the world of decreasing budgets, Ohio has found a way to dramatically improve our public safety services through an investment in intelligence analysts while integrating existing resources in law enforcement, emergency management, homeland security and public safety. While many states have intelligence centers and some have 24-hour operations, Ohio merged its Emergency Management Agency (EMA) analysts, criminal intelligence analysts, homeland security analysts, school safety and threat analysts into one public safety mission.
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Pedestrians dying at disproportionate rates in America's poorer neighborhoods
Governing
In the middle of a four-lane roadway in one of Miami’s poorest neighborhoods, Carl Jones stood over a solid double yellow line as he waited to cross one morning in 2012. Just before a car traveling west could pass, another vehicle heading in the opposite direction hit Jones, sending the homeless man airborne. Police found him more than a hundred feet away; he died at a hospital shortly thereafter. The driver never stopped.
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Pittsburgh public safety director links uptick in homicides to drug trade
KDKA-TV
Pittsburgh officials held a recent press conference to address the recent spike in homicides in the City of Pittsburgh this year. So far, there have been 41 homicides in Pittsburgh this year, which is on par with a record number set back in 1993. There were 10 reported homicides in the month of July alone.
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FBI: Driverless cars are 'lethal weapons,' aid in suspect getaways
Property Casualty 360
A restricted FBI report, uncovered by The Guardian, reveals that driverless cars will impact how law enforcement officers and suspects operate their vehicles. In the unclassified document, these "lethal weapons" can be programmed to use as getaway vehicles while suspects fire guns at their pursuers, for example.
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Number of uninsured motorists declines while claim payments skyrocket
Claims Journal
The estimated percentage of uninsured motorists trended down across the U.S. in 2010, 2011 and 2012, according to new estimates from the Insurance Research Council (IRC). In 2003, a cyclical high of 14.9 percent of drivers were uninsured, while the IRC’s most recent findings show the ratio has fallen to 12.6 percent.
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Medical dispatchers take multitasking to emergency levels
La Crosse Tribune via Emergency Management
Average days are nonexistent for emergency medical dispatchers, often forcing them to be multi-tasking whizzes to juggle calls from the second they report to work, Jamie Ristey says. “You hope you can ease into it, but there is no way to ease into it,” said Ristey, a medical communications specialist at the Gundersen Medical Communications Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She cited July 24 as a perfect example, when a fiery, six-vehicle fatal accident on Interstate 90 in the town of Campbell scrambled dispatchers in the computer-filled, control-room-like MedComm center as they dispatched ambulances and monitored the situation to determine the response needed.
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Austin, Texas, Public Safety Commission supports proposal to ban cellphones in cars
KVUE-TV
Talking, texting or using a cellphone in a car, even if it's stopped at a red light, recently took a step closer to becoming illegal in Austin. Austin's Public Safety Commission approved a recommendation made by a special committee assigned to look at how to stiffen the 'No Driving or Texting' ordinance already on Austin's books.
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How US anti-gang efforts led to the Central American immigration surge
Governing
Critics say the way cities and states dealt with gangs 20 or more years ago greatly contributed to the recent surge in Central American kids crossing the U.S.-Mexico border alone. In the past, cities like Los Angeles dealt with troublesome gang crime by trying to arrest the problem away, conducting massive sweeps and deporting gang members by the thousands back to Central America. Yesterday’s policy has become today’s problem, gang experts say.
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Missouri voters expand constitutional gun rights
Governing
More than six in 10 Missouri voters approved a constitutional amendment in the August primary that expands upon the state's existing protections for gun owners. Now the right to bear arms also includes protections for ammunition and gun-related accessories. The change removed language in the state constitution that implied that the right to carry concealed firearms, which was already legal under a Missouri statute, was a limited right.
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