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Proposed Chicago Budget Raises Police Funding

The budget includes several points of major investment for the city, including $400 million for community safety with a $142 million increase in the police budget.

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Welcome to Kabul, USA

The parallel between the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan and the precipitous withdrawal from proactive policing on American streets is astonishing—in both cases, the result is chaos.

Back to School (Shootings, Mask-Mandates, and Boisterous Board Meetings)

Regardless of the situation, cops across the country will be called upon to keep kids safe in school as young people return to campus for the 2021-2022 school year.

Policing in 2021: Benchmarking the Trek Thus Far

The year 2021 to this point has been an uphill slog for police. In mountain climbing, getting to the summit is optional—getting safely back home is essential. Clearly, there is much more work to be done before we turn the calendar to 2022.

North Carolina City Votes to Slash Police Budget by $770,000

The Ashville (NC) City Council on Tuesday night voted 5-2 to slash the police department budget by more than three quarters of a million dollars.

Wichita City Council Approves Increase in Police Budget

The Wichita (KS) City Council recently approved a budget for the 2021-2022 fiscal year that included $99 million for the police department, an increase of more than seven million dollars over last year, despite cries from citizens and advocacy groups to defund the department.

Denver Councilmember Proposes Bill to Abolish Police Department

A member of the Denver City Council has drafted a piece of legislation that will all but abolish that city's police department.

The "Accident Chain" and the In-Custody Death of George Floyd

In aviation, an accident chain usually ends with one or more people dead in a twisted mass of burning metal, investigators conducting a lengthy and expensive inquiry, and mourners lashing out at those responsible for a series of fatal mistakes... Sound familiar?

Portland Protests Causing Millions in Overtime Costs for Police

The total overtime costs for the Portland Police Bureau through late July—the end of the last pay period—is almost $5.4 million. Further, accrued "comp time" will cost around $1.2 million.

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Seattle Chief Critical of Proposal to Slash Department Budget in Half

The chief of police for the Seattle Police Department has voiced concern over a plan being floated among some city council members to slash the agency's budget in half.

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