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The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act includes funding to expand mental health and support services in schools
The compliance and reporting requirements require carefully managing deadlines, keeping accurate records and following established procurement processes
Shaker Heights amended an ordinance to transfer the custody of K-9 Igor to former city Officer Chad Hagan, his handler since 2018
“Sometimes, you have to take the emotion out of it and think about what’s best financially and viability-wise,” a Hampton board member said
“I want to assure the residents of this wonderful city that I am now a part of your community. This is my home,” Kirkpatrick said
“This is not the time to run away, but it’s a time to run towards, and properly govern, AI,” Mayor Eric Adams said during an Oct. 16 press conference
The elimination of the PD would make Big Bend the eighth community in Waukesha County to have police services covered by the sheriff’s office
Councilmembers voted to fire the chief and deactivate the department following allegations about the backgrounds of hired officers
Officer resignations were up 47% last year compared to 2019 and retirements are up 19%, according to a survey of nearly 200 police agencies
The Antioch City Council’s decision follows an FBI investigation of several officers, as well as the charging of three others with conspiracy to take bribes