Public Safety

KUER Local News stories about public safety.

Whittney Evans

Volunteers of America began construction today on a youth homeless shelter in Salt Lake City. 

Bryan William Jones | http://prometheus.med.utah.edu/~bwjones/

Utah Governor Gary Herbert has signed the resolution calling for the state prison to be moved from its current location in Draper to a new site on the west side of Salt Lake City.

Brian Grimmett

In a special session, the Utah legislature has approved a proposal to move the state prison from Draper to a new site in west Salt Lake City.

Photo courtesy Mark Lewis

As the White House announces a program to address a surge of heroin abuse in recent years, a family from Sandy has organized a town hall to tell their story, and to raise awareness about Utah’s growing problem with opiate addiction.

Whittney Evans

Utah Lawmakers will vote Wednesday to confirm the Prison Relocation Commission’s recommendation to build a new state prison near the Salt Lake International airport. But elected officials on the city’s west side aren’t giving up efforts stop the move.

Salt Lake City officials are exploring options for how to fight back on the decision to relocate the state prison to the city’s west side, but a lawsuit may be the only option.

Andrea Smardon / KUER

After years of debate, Utah officials recommended Tuesday that a new state prison should be built near the airport in Salt Lake City.

Utah Department of Corrections

The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah is supporting a group of state inmates currently on hunger strike.

Whittney Evans

In January 1982, Salt Lake City Police Officer Ronald Heaps was shot and killed during a routine investigation. Now, 33 years later, Heap’s loved ones and residents of the Central City Neighborhood where he died are getting a chance to honor him in a big way.

Screen shot from promotional video, AARP

AARP has launched a new campaign aimed at reducing the risks of using free Wi-Fi networks.

Brian Grimmett

Salt Lake City’s new police chief has unveiled a new strategy to deal with public safety issues in the Rio Grande area of downtown.

Whittney Evans

Homeless outreach teams from Volunteers of America and The Road Home shelter were out in full force Wednesday trying to find out why many of the homeless downtown have stopped seeking services and started camping more along city streets.

Brian Grimmett

The commission tasked with finding a new location for the state prison has pushed back its deadline for to October 1st. The Prison Relocation Commission met Thursday morning at the Utah State Capitol and left more questions to answer.

The state Office of the Legislative Fiscal Analyst released a report Tuesday that shows the tax revenue and economic benefits anticipated from moving the prison is a fraction of what a consulting firm initially projected. Republican State Representative Merrill Nelson requested the study. He says it corrects a number of assumptions.

Brian Grimmett

Legislators discussed training methods for handling use of force situations Wednesday with several leaders of Utah’s law enforcement agencies.

Courtesy Woods Cross PD

Utah’s rate of homicide related to domestic violence is higher than the national average, but a pilot project aims to change that. Law enforcement and victim services professionals are receiving training this week in a new method to prevent more deaths.

Brian Grimmett

State lawmakers are considering drafting legislation that would govern the use of police body cameras for all law enforcement agencies.

National Interagency Fire Center

State fire officials believe it will be an active wildfire season this summer and they are warning people with drones to stay away.

Unified Fire Authority

Salt Lake County’s Unified Fire Authority is planning on a busy 4th of July weekend.

Andrea Smardon / KUER

Utah lawmakers this year authorized millions of dollars to be used for criminal justice reform. Counties across the state are putting together their proposals right now on how they would use the funds. But Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder isn’t waiting for state approval. He’s already allocated nearly a million dollars for a new probation unit.

Courtesy photo

The Utah Department of Corrections currently has a staffing shortage, and officials say they are launching a huge hiring campaign to fill more than 160 vacant positions.

Bryan William Jones | http://prometheus.med.utah.edu/~bwjones/

Governor Gary Herbert isn’t taking a stand on whether the new state prison should move from Draper.

Whittney Evans

A majority of those who spoke at Tuesday night’s public hearing about where to put Utah’s state prison pleaded with the Prison Relocation Commission to recommend rebuilding it in Draper. But members of the commission are unwavering in their plan to move it elsewhere.

Whittney Evans

A day after Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank resigned from the department, Mayor Ralph Becker shared more details about the events that lead to the chief’s departure.

A man has been charged with two felonies, after Utah authorities raided massage parlors across the Wasatch Front, but Attorney General Sean Reyes says more charges may be coming as the investigation continues.

Katelynn Salyer via Creative Commons

Social workers might soon join forces with police officers to manage crime on Salt Lake City streets. The city council agreed last night to fund the new positions, and some new police officers.

Brian Grimmett

The North Salt Lake City Council has finally struck a deal that will allow work to begin on permanently stabilizing the hill where a landslide caused severe damage last August.

Whittney Evans

The officer who shot and killed 21-year-old Danielle Willard has resigned from the West Valley City Police Department. Former narcotics detective Shaun Cowley reached a settlement with West Valley City over the weekend that includes more than $100,000 in back pay and benefits.

South Salt Lake Police Department

Authorities continue their search for two 17-year-olds who escaped from the Salt Lake Valley Detention Center in South Salt Lake Saturday.

West Valley City

West Valley City officials are trying to determine in what capacity former narcotics detective Shaun Cowley will return to work.

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