Policing

A police officer's shadow cast on a wet street

Pulling Back the Curtain on Police Officers' Suicides

Local efforts and federal laws are softening the macho culture and opening up new avenues for cops to ask for help.

Fighting Gun Violence By Treating It Like a Disease

As murder rates rise in Detroit, doctors at a local hospital are working to keep shooting victims from ending up back in the ER.

New Orleans Adopts a Bias-Free Immigrant Policing Policy

Advocates see the plan, which forbids police officers from racial profiling, as “one of the best in the country.”

India Plans to Roll Out Public Touch-Screen Kiosks for Sexual Assault Complaints

The new technology aims to make it easier for women to report incidents of sexual harassment and violence.

When Police Officers Sat Down With a Community They Hardly Knew...

Female officers in Seattle are being paired with refugee women new to their city. Now, both groups say they understand each other better.

The Innovative Policy at the Heart of Fresh Violence in Rio

The police department's once-lauded pacification program appears to be unraveling. 

How a Low-Crime City Became the New Center of America's Gun Debate

Sunnyvale doesn't have much of a gun violence problem. But the NRA is worried anyway.

Why Prisoner Education Is Key to Reducing Crime

Educating an inmate reduces their odds of recidivism by 43 percent. 

Manhunts Made Smarter

Could better software change how police departments find fugitives?

Are 'Lockdowns' the New Standard?

There's a lot we still need to know about the strategic decisions that led authorities to shut down Boston for a manhunt.

The Elusiveness of Police Accountability

If Trayvon Martin had been shot by an officer, his killing wouldn't have sparked a national outcry. Why it's so hard to hold officers accountable for excessive force.

When Preparing for Major Events, How Should Cities Balance Civil Rights and Security?

As Chicago readies to host the G8 and NATO summits, its police force gets ready for what could be a historic gathering of protesters.

Why City Governments Love Crime Cameras

Officials in Wilkes-Barre say their $3 million surveillance system was worth every penny. Then again, they didn't have to pay for it

Are Crime Cameras Really Worth the Money?

Cities spend millions on high-tech systems. But after decades of research, we still don't know whether they work

Fighting Crime in an Era of Belt-Tightening

Can cities maintain – or decrease – crime rates while cutting police budgets?