Public Safety

KUER Local News stories about public safety.

Whittney Evans

Officials with Crossroads Urban Center have a plan to advance the fight against homelessness and drug trafficking in the downtown area. It begins with a $30 million dollar Salt Lake City bond proposal. 

Washington County Emergency Services

Washington County Emergency Services officials are scaling back volunteer search operations for 6-year-old Tyson Black of Hildale, Utah.

Andrea Smardon / KUER

The Salt Lake County Council gave preliminary approval for a property tax levy Tuesday to fund criminal justice reform. In total, homeowners will be providing 9.4 million dollars a year.

Photo courtesy Salt Lake County mayor's office

Women leaving the Salt Lake County jail with a mental illness or substance abuse disorder will have a new place to go for treatment. The county opened a residential facility Monday designed to help female offenders transition back into the community.

Washington County Emergency Services

The seventh and final victim of the flash flood in Zion National Park has been found, bringing the total confirmed deaths from Monday’s storm in southern Utah to 19.

Whittney Evans

Law enforcement officials from across the state gathered in West Valley City this week to share experiences and best practices in how they handle criminal investigations. The third annual Utah Violent Crimes conference put a spotlight on the recent proliferation of body cameras in police work.

The Disability Law Center, along with a group of individual plaintiffs, has filed a class action lawsuit against the Utah State Hospital, the Department of Human Services and a state mental health agency.

Juliet Fletcher / Council of State Governments Justice Center

A new report recognizes Salt Lake County for its efforts in criminal justice reform, but researchers found weaknesses in how it handles offenders with behavioral health disorders.

A new pilot program intended to prevent domestic violence homicides in Utah has just launched. One women’s shelter in Cedar City is seeing results in just one week.

Whittney Evans

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

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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.