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Tag: public safety

Jan.
6th

The three biggest public safety issues for 2014

Now that the goose is cooked and eaten, the tree trimmed and recycled, the presents bought and returned, it’s time to get back into work mode. With the new year already almost a week gone, it is well past time to discuss the important issues in public safety that will have the most effect on us – both locally and nationally – in 2014.

The following are three critical issues of public safety that require the most attention in 2014.

1. Gun violence: It is difficult to even mention this issue without arousing the angry attention of the fervent protectors

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Jan.
26th

DNA: confusing identification with punishment

This is the second in a three part series on balancing civil liberties and public safety.

Deoxyribonucleic acid, aka DNA, contains the genetic instructions used in the development and function of all living organisms (at least according to Wikipedia). The unique strands that make up each one of us as individuals is a dramatic peek into the fabric of our individual selves. For all intents and purposes, we are defined by our DNA.

The realm of law enforcement has been capitalizing on this discovery for several years, making DNA identification the cutting edge of police forensic science. DNA is now routinely

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