Public Safety

As the National League of Cities explains, public safety is one of the core functions of local governments. Through the implementation of robust police, fire rescue and EMS services, governments ensure their communities are ready for whatever emergencies come their way. Policy initiatives likewise go hand in hand with public safety, including crime reduction strategies like community policing, environmental hazard plans, roadway safety and more.

APCO International serves members in emergency communications by providing complete expertise, professional development, technical assistance, advocacy and outreach.
Artificial intelligence is being tested to see how it can answer non-emergency calls, reducing dispatchers’ workload
State law allows cannabis use during off-hours for every profession, but Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop believes that there should be an exception for cops
Costa Mesa firefighters, Project Independence members gave disaster preparedness training to adults living with intellectual disabilities
Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh told the online retailer the city has experienced 14 fire deaths to date caused by lithium-ion batteries
Anchorage will allow most employees to use marijuana off the clock, but not work for the city within eight hours of using marijuana
U.S. Fire Administrator Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell presided over the event that focused on current problems in the fire service
San Diego would be the first city in the county to battery storage and disposal
State legislators study Norway’s rehabilitative incarceration model to combat high recidivism rates in California
Approximately 1,000 patients have been seen at DocGo clinics outside Dollar General stores since the service started last fall
Three Wilkes-Barre Housing Authority high-rises will be outfitted with sprinklers by the summer of 2024
The California state prison system aims to increase the female workforce from 17% to 30% by expanding recruitment efforts
The 12 cities claim the zero-bail schedule for nonviolent felonies and misdemeanors will result in a “significant increase in criminals released back into the community”
Hawaiian Electric President Shelee Kimura acknowledged the company’s downed power line cause the first fire