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Attorney General Sessions Announces Creation of National Public Safety Partnership to Combat Violent Crime

As the Department of Justice continues its efforts to fulfill President Trump’s commitment to reducing violent crime in America, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced today that 12 cities are joining the Department’s newly organized National Public Safety Partnership (PSP). The announcement came during the opening session of a national summit organized by the Attorney General’s Task Force on […]

DA pushes for prosecution of drug dealers in overdose deaths

District Attorney Andrew Womble says he is stepping up efforts with local law enforcement agencies to confront overdose deaths in the region by more severely prosecuting narcotics dealers. Last week, a Roanoke Island man was charged with second-degree murder after a June 10 overdose death in Wanchese. View Full Report

Police Body Worn Cameras What Prosecutors Need to Know

As police departments across the United States embrace the use of police body-worn cameras (“BWCs”), it is imperative that prosecutors be involved in the process as early as possible. The cameras will inevitably capture a great deal of evidentiary material that will be used in every type of criminal prosecution. View Full Report

Should Tech Companies Help Law Enforcement Break Into Your Devices?

While the battle between the FBI and Apple over whether the government could force the tech giant to hack into one of its phones in the service of an investigation made big headlines, the tug-of-war between technology companies and the government over encryption wages every day with local cops complaining incessantly about technology they don’t like. Going forward, should […]

Probe Finds Flaws, Fees in Court Diversion Programs

Diversion programs that gained popularity in the 1970s are now experiencing a resurgence, as many states respond to tough-on-crime policies by reducing nonviolent felonies to misdemeanors. Run by courts, prosecutors and sometimes law enforcement, the programs channel offenders into services meant to address the root causes of their conduct, such as substance abuse or mental illness, allowing them to avoid […]

District attorney adds human-trafficking expert

Two years after creating a dedicated human-trafficking unit, District Attorney George Brauchler has hired a recognized expert to help lead it. Denver police veteran Daniel Steele joins the team as a criminal investigator with more than 20 years of experience. At DPD, he worked with the FBI to found the Rocky Mountain Innocence Lost Task […]

Does New Neighborhood Watch Reduce Crime Or Create Resident-Cops?

On the Far North Side, about 70 members of a controversial new community watch group walk the West Rogers Park neighborhood in orange jackets that were paid for, in part, by the Chicago Police Department. The police sergeant who spearheaded the effort sees the watch as a way for residents to work together to reduce property crime […]

Attorney leadership role leads Polikov to inner sanctum

OWH Persistence is a virtue, Lee Polikov might have thought in March as he sat around a table at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., discussing issues with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Polikov’s road to one of the inner sanctums of American power had been long, and fueled by years-long concern that law enforcement is losing […]