Raid and shoot: This ain’t your grandpa’s PD

By   /  April 15, 2014  /  law enforcement, Local Government, National, New Mexico, News, Public Safety  /  No Comments

SHOCK AND AWE: The Hobbs, N.M., Police Department is looking for a few bad asses to join their ranks.

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE, N.M. — It’s a commercial that’s been playing across New Mexico for weeks now: A 30-second spot encouraging people to apply to the Hobbs Police Department, offering high pay and good benefits.
But the images in the commercial — of  cops shooting guns, helmeted officers bursting into a home, an [...]

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Lobbyist says lower open records fees could threaten Kansans’ safety

By   /  March 19, 2014  /  Kansas, Kansas Government, News, Open Records, Public Safety, Transparency  /  No Comments

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By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog

TOPEKA, Kan. — According to Kansas law enforcement lobbyist Ed Klumpp, too much government transparency could be a bad thing.

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Sioux City using traffic cameras to fund police and fire pensions

By   /  February 20, 2014  /  Iowa, News, Pensions, Public Safety, public sector  /  No Comments

TRAFFIC CAMERAS AND PUBLIC PENSIONS: Sioux City has been using revenue from it traffic cameras to funding pension for police and firefighters. New state regulations may dry up that money stream.

By Paul Brennan | Iowa Watchdog
DES MOINES, Iowa — Exactly what Sioux City’s automated traffic cameras have done to improve public safety is debatable, but the more than $1 million they’ve raised to fatten police and firefighter pensions isn’t.
Now new regulations from the Iowa Department of Transportation curbing use of the cameras on state highways [...]

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Good fences make good neighbors, especially when your neighbor’s a prison

By   /  January 2, 2014  /  Legislature, Minnesota, News, Public Safety  /  No Comments

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By Tom Steward | Watchdog Minnesota Bureau
SHAKOPEE, Minn. — Cops and badges, guns and bullets, prisons and secure fences. In law enforcement, some things just go together.
Except at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee, a prison without any security fence or outside wall to contain 650 female inmates, including many with violent backgrounds.
The only prison in [...]

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NM lawmakers see millions in potential savings through prison reform

By   /  December 18, 2013  /  Corrections, law enforcement, New Mexico, News, Public Safety, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Robin Gavinski wrongly spent 417 days in prison due to a calculation error by the Department of Corrections. Now the state is repaying Gavinski with $7,600.

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE, N.M.  — State lawmakers— Republicans and Democrats alike — on a special subcommittee are eyeing reforms to the criminal justice system that could lead to millions in taxpayer savings.
But the reforms won’t come anytime before 2015.
“We should really concentrate on violent offenders, and that’s where our prison space [...]

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