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Justice Department Launches Crackdown on Crime in 7 Cities

The initiative will boost federal law enforcement resources in Albuquerque, N.M.; Baltimore; Cleveland; Detroit; Kansas City, Mo.; Memphis, Tenn.; and Milwaukee — all cities with violent crime levels higher than the national average.

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Dallas On Pace for Highest Murder Rate in More Than a Decade

The Dallas Police Department—suffering a dearth of homicide detectives—is on pace to record more murders than the city has had in more than a decade.

Off-Duty Officer Takes Action on Teen's School Threat in Online Video Game

An off-duty officer with the Fort Worth (TX) Police Department was playing an online video game when he heard another player make a threat against a school.

3 Texas Students Arrested for Allegedly Threatening School Shooting

Police arrested three boys—each one 17 years of age—after a student overheard them discussing detailed plans to coordinate an active shooting at the school involving explosives and firearms.

Video: Virginia Tech Student Had High-Powered Rifle, Attempted to Buy 5,000 Rounds of Ammo, Police Say

Virginia Tech police arrested 19-year-old Yunsong Zhao on Monday and charged him with possessing or transporting an assault firearm while not being a U.S. citizen or while not being lawfully admitted for permanent residence to the U.S.

Virginia Tech Student Had High-Powered Rifle, Attempted to Buy 5,000 Rounds of Ammo, Police Say

Virginia Tech police arrested 19-year-old Yunsong Zhao on Monday and charged him with possessing or transporting an assault firearm while not being a U.S. citizen or while not being lawfully admitted for permanent residence to the U.S, according to the arrest warrant. More Here.

National Academy of Sciences Says These Police Tactics Reduce Crime

What factors can really help drive down crime? The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine said in a report released Thursday that certain “proactive” policies aimed at preventing crime before it happens—including stop and frisk—show mixed results. Yet it is not enough to simply identify what policies appear to reduce crime, a panel convened by the National Academies cautions in the report.

McGruff the Crime Dog is Turning 35 and Joining Instagram

McGruff the Crime Dog, the National Crime Prevention Council’s symbol of safety and crime prevention, is turning 35 this year. He is marking the occasion with a month-long social media celebration.

Bait Devices Help Law Enforcement Crack Down on Cellphone, Tablet Theft

Through its bait program using Assisted Patrol-equipped devices, Dayton arrested and convicted four individuals who had been arrested for a total of 45 felonies and theft from automobiles in the downtown precinct decreased by 80%for over one year. These results were achieved without stakeouts and with no overtime expenses.

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PredPol Rolls Out Crime Prediction Technology

By analyzing crime data, the PredPol tool maps “hot spots” identifying when and where crimes are most likely to occur.

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