September 16, 2009, 8am PDT
As city and state budgets tighten, town in New Jersey are looking to join forces and share services.
August 3, 2009, 7am PDT
Crime numbers and struggling city budgets have caused the Justice department to issue $1 billion in federal stimulus funds to 1,046 communities to beef up their police forces.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
July 20, 2009, 1pm PDT
The city of Washington, D.C. learns its police checkpoints aimed at reducing crime in hot spots are unconstitutional.
February 10, 2009, 7am PST
The city of San Marcos, Texas, near Austin, plans harsher measures to crack down on graffiti, including holding a minor's parents responsible and banning certain graffiti-making tools.
December 7, 2008, 5am PST
Texas cities are forced to review their red light camera contracts after the discovery of a potential loophole in Texas law.
December 2, 2008, 11am PST
Tough economic times spell troubles for city budgets. One way to cut back on costs is to rethink operation of seemingly untouchable public safety services like police and firefighters, according to this column from Neal Peirce.
December 2, 2008, 8am PST
A bi-partisan PA bill with considerable support seeks to redirect funds from the Motor License Fund, paid by motorists, that currently go to the State Police to roads. The police budget would have to compete with other needs from the general fund.
August 30, 2008, 1pm PDT
In an effort to dissuade jaywalking, police in Shanghai are planning to publish pictures and videos of jaywalkers in newspapers and local TV to shame offenders.
August 20, 2008, 7am PDT
Denver is generally ready for the Democratic National Convention, but city officials have taken heat for security preparations.
July 9, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>Officials in Los Angeles have renamed the former "South Central" to remove the stigma of riots in the 1990's. But some business owners and residents say that's had a greater negative consequence than keeping the old name would have.</p>