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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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Police Officer Position Available with the Iowa City Police Department

(Source: City of Iowa City Public Announcement, 3 July 2014) Application Details Deadline: 5PM, Friday, July 25, 2014 To access the candidate information packet and to apply online, visit http://www.icgov.org/policerecruit. A City of Iowa City Police Officer online application must be submitted by 5PM, Friday, July 25, 2014. A resume or general City of Iowa City employment […]

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Courthouse Annex Public Meeting, 11AM on 17 June 2014

(Source: Johnson County Board of Supervisors Press Release PDF Document, 6 June 2014) EVENT VIDEO This is a video recording from the event and below is the original announcement. EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT This is the original announcement about the event. For Immediate Release PUBLIC INVITED TO PROVIDE INPUT ON DESIGN OF COURTHOUSE ANNEX Date: 17 June […]

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Community Forum: Resolving Racial Disparity in Johnson County’s Youth-Serving Systems

(Source: “Resolving racial disparities in Johnson County Youth Systems community forum to be held May 29,” WeCreateHere.net, 9 May 2014, by Kiran Sood) Event Video Below is a video recording of the event. Event Commentary The following is a commentary about the event by Greg Johnson, an event attendee: This was an excellent workshop that […]

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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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2014 Johnson County Attorney and Supervisor Candidate Awards

Introduction Ten days ago, I offered a preliminary announcement about the 2014 Johnson County Attorney and Supervisor Race Candidate Awards. Since then, I worked on formulating a framework for distributing awards to the various county candidate campaigns. The awards are an effort to broadly support those who run for public office in Johnson County, especially candidates […]

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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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Johnson County Supervisor and Attorney Candidate Awards

  All those who step forward and throw their hat in the ring with a desire to serve our community deserve our support. It’s daunting to be placed in the public eye and open for challenging questions and criticism. Assuming one ‘wins’ an election, the prize is a lot of hard work for not much pay. […]

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Johnson County Advances in Ranking Among Lowest Incarceration Rates

In October 2013, an assessment of the Johnson County jail average daily incarceration rate showed a steady decline over the past four years from an average of 162 down to a daily average of 139. On 12 May 2014, it was reported that the average daily incarceration rate for Johnson County has continued to drop and […]

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County Attorney Candidate Forum Video – 12 May 2014

This is a video excerpt from the Johnson County Attorney Candidates Forum sponsored by the Johnson County Task Force on Aging. The event was hosted at the Coralville Public Library on 12 May 2014 at 2PM.

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National Police Week is 11-17 May 2014

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. This year, National Police Week 2014 will be Sunday, May 11th through Saturday, May 17th. Learn more at PoliceWeek.org. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National […]

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Johnson County Attorney & Supervisor Candidate Forum on Monday May 12, 2014

  Event Summary The Johnson County Task Force on Aging will be hosting a candidate forum for those seeking the Johnson County Attorney and Supervisor positions. Event Details Date: Monday, May 12, 2014 Time: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Location: Coralville Public Library, 1401 5th St. Coralville, IA 52241. [Map] Event Video Click here for video of […]

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Public to weigh in on courthouse annex design

(Source: “Public to weigh in on courthouse annex design,” Iowa City Press-Citizen, 1:26 p.m. CDT May 7, 2014, Mitchell Schmidt) Johnson County officials have decided to give the public a conceptual look at a proposed courthouse annex before November ballots are cast. Johnson County elected officials and architects with Iowa City’s Neumann Monson Architects and […]

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This mentoring program results in a 44% drop in violent crimes

“[We need to make sure that] our criminal justice system doesn’t just function as a pipeline from underfunded schools to overcrowded jails.” ~ Barack Obama Learn more here http://www.whitehouse.gov/my-brothers-keeper

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Johnson County Attorney Race – Commentary by Greg Johnson

Friday, 2 May 2014 The Democratic Party nomination for Johnson County Attorney has gained much media attention, and plenty of involvement among local residents. I wanted to share some of my thoughts about the two candidates. Janet Lyness Two weeks ago I met with Janet Lyness to learn more about her campaign. Although I’d worked […]

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