May 2019 SM Online
Print Issue: May 2019
More than 80 percent of U.S. police agencies are either using body cams now or have plans to do so in the near future, according to a survey by the Police Executive Research Forum.
Washington, D.C., officials released the results of their own randomized controlled trial of body cam use by the city's police department. The study surprised many by finding that body cam use had no detectable effects on police discretion, as measured by arrests for disorderly conduct.
The vast, aging U.S. Coast Guard infrastructure includes piers, docks, and other facilities. The Coast Guard estimates that its backlog of improvement projects would take $1.7 billion and nearly 400 years to address.
After a few years of declining murder rates, cartels in Mexico are locked in bloody turf wars, contributing to a dramatic rise in murders in 2017, according to a report from Stratfor.
A new white paper explores how 911 communication centers can navigate Next Generation 911 technologies and the FirstNet public safety broadband network.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office assessed supply chains that U.S. federal agencies use to procure IT systems.
The European Unionbegan enforcing the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018, forcing organizations to comply with vast privacy and data security regulations.
California's Consumer Privacy Act has similar privacy requirements as the EU's General Data Protection Regulation and goes into effect on 1 January 2020.
The U.S. Supreme Court willreview a challenge a citizenship question in the 2020 census.
The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that employers may be liable for not effectively addressing and stopping rumors of an alleged sexual relationship between a female employee and a male supervisor.
Two U.S. Congressmen reintroduced legislation to improve the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) frontline workforce, granting TSA officers certain benefits.
The New York Commission on Human Rights issued new guidelines outlining that segregating people based on their hair or hairstyles is a type of racial discrimination.
The Nevada Gaming Commission fined casino magnate Steve Wynn's former company a record $20 million for failing to investigate sexual misconduct claims against Wynn.
Pakistan's National Accountability Bureau indicted the country's opposition leader,Shahbaz Sharif, of corruption charges related to a housing scheme.
An Iowa District Court ordered the state to pay a transgender nurse $120,000 in damages due to gender-related discrimination.
New York's Senate Bill S101A wouldrestrict schools' ability to authorize the possession of a weapon on school grounds to certain officers or agents of a law enforcement agency.
The U.S. Government Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2019 requires federal government or D.C. public employees furloughed or required to work during a lapse in appropriations to be compensated for the lapse on the earliest date possible after the lapse ends.
New York's Senate Bill S2440 (19R) pauses the statute of limitations for criminal and civil prosecution for sexual offenses committed against children, so the clock does not begin to run until the victim turns 23.
New Jersey's S2528 (18R) expands the state's paid family leave program,doubling how much time employees can take off for the care of a new child or sick relative, and raising pay received during the absence.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuitruled that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act does not provide age bias protection to job applicants who allege they were victimized by disparate impact discrimination.
The Los Angeles County Superior Court ruled against police unions, finding that secret records of police misconduct and shootings, even ones filed before 2018, must be released under a new state transparency law, SB 1421.