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HBO & Vice Media Special Report: Fixing The Criminal Justice System (Video)

President Barack Obama sits down with Vice and prison inmates at the El Reno correctional facility to discuss a growing human rights crisis in the Vice on HBO Special Report: Fixing the System. (Published on Sep 28, 2015)

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Behind the Shield: Iowa City Community Policing Videos

Promo Video The University of Iowa Student Government is producing a series of videos to help people in the community better know our local law enforcement officers. The videos also include helpful information about public safety issues. Behind the Shield Episode 1 Get to know Brad Schramm a patrol officer for University of Iowa Police […]

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National Night Out is 4:30 – 7PM on Tuesday August 5, 2014

On Tuesday, August 5, neighborhoods throughout Iowa City are invited to join thousands of other communities nationwide for the 31st Annual National Night Out (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. Over 38 million people in almost 15,000 communities from all 50 states are expected to participate in the event to heighten crime and drug prevention […]

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The Relationship between Public Health and Violence Prevention

In this podcast, Howard Spivak discusses the relationship between public health and violence prevention. (Transcript) Excerpt: …I’m going to start with what the benefit of the approach is and then tie it into how it can help law enforcement promote more meaningful and effective prevention. First of all, public health is engaged in this issue of violence […]

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Successful Public Health Approaches

In this podcast, Jonathan Shepard discusses successful public health approaches. (Transcript) Excerpt: “Can you explain how the Cardiff Model is a partnership between medical practitioners and law enforcement and how this works in practice? And also, can you describe what practical benefits it brings compared to the old days when medical and police personal operated […]

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Health and Safety Collaborations

In this podcast, Chief Rocha discusses whether improvements in community health can increase community safety in the city’s most dangerous neighborhoods. (Transcript) Excerpt: “One of the things we realized early on was that we had to present something that was atypical, something that they had not heard of before. That meant forming collaborative, other than […]

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Cross-Sector Collaborations between Public Health and Public Safety

In this podcast, Barbara Raymond discusses promising innovations and cross-sector collaborations between public health and public safety with the goal to improve the overall health and safety of our communities. (Transcript) Excerpt: At the California Endowment we do have a mission that is focused on improving the health of all Californians. About three years ago, […]

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Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)

We’d like to welcome Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) to our growing list of justice resources. About “Founded on March 16, 2002, LEAP is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization made up of current and former members of the law enforcement and criminal justice communities who are speaking out about the failures of our existing drug policies. Those […]

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Iowa City Considers Municipal Infractions in Lieu of Criminal Charges

City Council Work Session on 1 April 2014 City officials, local law enforcement, and the County have been exploring ways to eliminate criminal charges for a variety of alcohol related violations. The document below is a PDF to text copy of pages 5-8 in the original packet of documents that were presented as reference materials for a work […]

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Iowa police officers honored with valor awards

(Source: “Digest: Iowa police officers honored,” Sioux City Journal, 5 November 2013) Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds honored 11 Iowa police officers and firefighters with the 2013 Sullivan Brothers Award of Valor at a ceremony Tuesday in the Iowa Capitol building rotunda. Tuesday’s honorees included : Captains Steven Henry and Jason Barrick […]

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University of Iowa Annual Security Report – Includes Crime Rates on Campus

The University of Iowa Department of Public Safety has released the 2013 Security Report which includes crime rates on campus. The official announcement is below. This information is made available to the public as required by law. Click here to download a PDF version of the report now. * * * The University of Iowa […]

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Police Work Isn’t Dangerous, and Other Myths

“There is the myth that policing is a dangerous occupation. In fact, it is one of the safest jobs in the country in terms of death and injury. It doesn’t even make the Top Ten of dangerous jobs, falling well behind construction work, forestry, manufacturing, farming, mining, transportation and so on.” ~ Michael Enright, CBC.ca, […]

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