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In top news this week, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed a bill Friday that prohibits steep reductions in local budgets for law enforcement, preventing "defund the police" efforts to redirect money to services such as mental health treatment or education.

And while e-scooters have exploded in popularity in recent years, a new study from the Light Electric Vehicle & Research Institute explains why putting riders on the same roads as cars without good infrastructure or clear rules has proven so dangerous.

The Gov1 Team
Ga. governor signs bill banning 'defund the police' efforts into law
The bill bars cities and counties from reducing their law enforcement budgets by more than 5% in one year, or cumulatively across five years
Ransomware gangs get more aggressive against law enforcement agencies
Struggling NC town votes to disband PD in favor of county sheriff's office
Pa. city warns it will ask state for permission to stop responding to out-of-city EMS calls
Calif. city to launch EMT, counselor team to respond to mental health calls
Calif. city to pay $1.9 million to people injured during George Floyd protests
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Study: 80% of fatal e-scooter crashes involve cars
By Christopher R. Cherry 
An in-depth study on e-scooter traffic safety reveals where and why most collisions occur
Wildfires are contaminating drinking water systems, and it's more widespread than people realize
By Andrew J. Whelton 
A new study identifies critical issues that communities should consider after a wildfire
Creating a partnership between law enforcement and mental health practitioners
By Ellis Amdur 
A mental health professional acting as an on-scene consultant to police officers can reduce the likelihood of the situation escalating to violence
3 police-community engagement questions every law enforcement leader should ask in 2021
By Chief Philip L. Gonshak 
Police leaders need to be constantly improving interactions with the communities they serve
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