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Officer Melissa Ayun, who recruits for the Tucson Police department, says some of the best recruiting efforts occur during community outreach. “It’s two-fold: an opportunity to engage with the community and recruit,” she writes.

Police departments across the country are hemorrhaging officers faster than recruiters can find qualified applicants. Read more»

A man walks outside the Garvey Park Gym in Rosemead, California, in September 2022. Artist MariNaomi created the mural to raise awareness about violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Only a minuscule number of hate crimes are reflected in federal, state and local databases and reporting systems, and without a true understanding of what’s happening, it’s difficult to address hate crime and stop it. Read more»

The Tucson City Council voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of beginning plans to fund childcare services for their public safety employees, including cops, firefighters and dispatchers, as a way to recruit and retain long-term workers . Read more»

Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association Founder Richard Mack speaks to a crowd of about 100 people at a Yavapai County Preparedness Team meeting in Chino Valley, Arizona, in October 2022.

A rule change set to take effect in December will lower the barrier for extremist organizations to access law enforcement personnel by taking continuing-education decisions out of the board’s hands and placing them in those of individual law enforcement agency leaders across Arizona. Read more»

The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District board of trustees meets July 18 to hear from members of the community at Uvalde High School. The school district announced Friday it was suspending all of its police department’s operations.

The Uvalde police department’s activities were suspended for an unspecified period and two employees were placed on administrative leave after it was revealed that one of the first state troopers to respond to the deadly school shooting in May was later hired as a district police officer. Read more»

Moving forward, law enforcement agencies will need to focus on strong recruitment and retention techniques to continue serving communities and protecting public safety.

Across the country, police departments are facing critical staffing shortages, and with fewer officers joining the force and more retiring or resigning, the problem continues to worsen for departments of all sizes and locations - causing immense frustration and concern for citizens. Read more»

Under tribes’ nation-to-nation arrangements with the federal government, states did not have the authority to prosecute alleged crimes on tribal lands.

U.S. lawmakers re-introduced legislation to provide more resources for tribal law enforcement, an issue they say has become more urgent as Congress considers how to respond to a case that complicated criminal jurisdiction. Read more»

Research shows that the rate of PTSD among officers in the U.S. was more than 11 percent, nearly three times that of the estimated overall population.

Thanks in part to the advocacy of Erin Smith - whose husband, D.C. Metropolitan Police Officer Jeffrey Smith, died by suicide days after being assaulted during the January 6 attack - Congress passed a bill recognizing suicides by officers for what they are: line-of-duty deaths. Read more»

Media and civil rights groups appear to have been successful in their effort to block a new law that would have made it a crime to videotape police within 8 feet of an officer. A preliminary injunction by a federal court judge blocking the law looks like it will take effect without being challenged.

Rep. John Kavanagh, the sponsor of an Arizona law that would have made it a crime to videotape police, conceded Friday that it will not take effect after he failed to meet a deadline to challenge a court’s injunction of the law. Read more»

Tucson City Manager Mike Ortega stands to get a $75,000 per-year raise after seven years on the job.

The Tucson City Council is set to vote Tuesday on paying City Manager Mike Ortega $300,000 per year, but the they're being needlessly shifty about it. Plus a plethora of other local government meetings this week. Read more»

Phoenix police in riot gear at a 2010 neo-Nazi rally in downtown Phoenix.

An Arizona law that would make it illegal to create video recordings of police in certain circumstances will not go into effect Sept. 24 as planned, after a federal judge temporarily blocked its enforcement. Read more»

An unidentified Tempe police officer discharges pepper spray at protesters who were following his orders to back up. The incident took place at a “Chalk Walk” protest outside Tempe Marketplace on June 27, 2020.

All three of the defendants in a lawsuit filed last month by a coalition of news organizations and civil libertarians say they won't defend a law set to go into effect later this month that would make it a crime to take video of police officers in some situations. Read more»

Protesters in Phoenix clash with Phoenix police officers in riot gear on June 23, 2020. Under a 2022 law criminalizing taking video of police within eight feet of them, the person filming this video could have faced up to 30 days in jail.

A coalition of news organizations and civil libertarians filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday to block a new Arizona law that would make it a crime to take video of police officers in some situations, arguing that it violates the First Amendment. Read more»

Police blocked off the road leading to the scene of a school shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde on Tuesday. Law enforcement officials said all of the shooting victims were in one classroom.

The gunman who killed 19 children and two teachers in the same classroom in Uvalde on Tuesday was confronted by a law enforcement officer before he entered the elementary school that became the site of his massacre, but many questions still remain. Read more»

The president’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year also puts a heavy emphasis on ramping up funding for state and local law enforcement, increasing discretionary funding by 12%.

Gun violence has soared across the United States during the pandemic, and President Joe Biden urged local leaders Friday to help police quell the bloodletting with money they got through his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package. Read more»

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