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KUER Local News stories about public safety.

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Provo police chief John King resigned earlier this week amid allegations of sexual assault. No charges have been filed, but Provo Mayor John Curtis says the circumstances have cast a shadow on the department. 

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An investigation by the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s office has found that an officer involved shooting occurring in October last year was not justified. But the D.A. has decided he will not press charges against the Unified Police Department detective involved.

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Federal prosecutors in Utah announced a new initiative Friday to crack down on gang violence. The move comes after recent remarks by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions regarding a spike in violent crime nationwide.

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The Utah House of Representatives approved changes Thursday to the state's stand-your-ground law. The bill would clarify that someone doesn’t have to try to run away before using deadly force against an attacker, even if there is a safe way to escape.

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Two years after Utah’s criminal justice system overhaul, a state lawmaker is pushing for major reforms at the juvenile level.

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A bill that would require all sexual assault kits in the state be tested passed unanimously Friday in the Utah House of Representatives. 

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The U.S. Attorney in Utah wants would-be mail thieves to know they could face federal prison time and hefty fines as the office works to increase prosecutions.

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The Utah Records Committee ruled unanimously Thursday that Salt Lake County should release the body camera footage of Salt Lake City Police officers shooting and critically wounding Somali teen Abdi Mohamed.  The incident occurred in February last year.

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The Utah Department of Corrections has signed on to a nationwide initiative to put fewer inmates in solitary confinement. Corrections officials say it will enhance efforts already underway.

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The Road Home in downtown Salt Lake City will close its doors when the city’s four newly announced shelters are complete. But the organization will likely continue providing services to people in need.

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Salt Lake City officials have unveiled the locations of its four new homeless shelters. And they’re asking for the public’s cooperation during the transition to the new facilities.

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Utah State Trooper Eric Ellsworth was remembered Wednesday during a public funeral at Weber State University. The 31-year-old was struck by a vehicle last Tuesday that left him in critical condition for four days before he died.

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Brigham Young University will no longer investigate alleged victims of sexual assault for violating the schools strict code of conduct. The school announced Wednesday, it’s changing its policies.

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Local law enforcement executed a second round of targeted arrests in Salt Lake City’s Rio Grande neighborhood today. As with the previous roundup, many of those taken into custody got to choose between jail or treatment.

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Law enforcement officials made 36 arrests Thursday morning outside the homeless shelter in downtown Salt Lake City. But for the first time, many of the suspects were given the option to choose treatment over jail time.

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National Weather Service officials are warning northern Utah residents to brace for a cold front with heavy rain in the valleys and up to 10 inches of snow above 7500 feet.

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Utah’s new prison is expected to give inmates a more “normative” environment than currently exists at the prison in Draper.

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City leaders and law enforcement officials are focusing efforts to curb crime and homelessness on State Street in Salt Lake City. It’s become an area where cheap motels provide a substitute for shelters and low-cost housing.

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The FBI is now offering a $50,000 reward as federal law enforcement officials step up efforts to recapture Lyle Steed Jeffs, a leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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State officials are reviewing all of Utah’s public schools to see how they’d hold up in a major earthquake. Previous studies show more than half of schools may need seismic upgrades.

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The federal government is investigating Brigham Young University for potentially violating federal equity laws related to sexual assault reporting. Meanwhile, another alleged sexual assault victim has withdrawn from the school.

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Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill announced Monday his office has deemed the February shooting of 17-year-old Abdi Mohamed by two Salt Lake City Police officers justified. Gill’s office is also pursuing charges against the teenager, who survived the gunshot wounds. 

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Democratic State Representative Brian King is working on a string of bills to keep guns out of the hands of domestic violence abusers. And he’s got support from gun right’s activists.

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An Ogden man serving a life sentence on drug-related charges was granted clemency Wednesday by President Obama. The former judge who sentenced him is pleased with the President’s decision, but he says more needs to be done to reform the criminal justice system.

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Salt Lake County officials on Tuesday unveiled long-awaited improvements to its 911 emergency response systems. They say the upgrades will save lives and money.

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The city of Draper has received a $10,000 grant to provide youth suicide prevention programs to the community.

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Law enforcement officials in Salt Lake County got a private screening Thursday of a new documentary that looks at what happens to police officers in the aftermath of a shooting.  

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Utah law enforcement officials held a meeting with faith leaders this week to talk about protecting houses of worship from security threats.

Man Sentenced For Attempted Human Trafficking in Utah

Jul 19, 2016

This week, the Utah Attorney General’s Office announced the sentencing of a man who attempted to recruit a 15-year-old girl to work in a commercial sex operation. This comes in the wake of a series of investigations and arrests into human trafficking and Internet crimes against children.

Officer Luis Lovato holds a portrait of his partner "Aldo" .

A Unified Police K9 who was shot and killed in the line of duty was honored Monday with a portrait presented by the sister of the man who killed him.

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