Public Safety

KUER Local News stories about public safety.

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Law Enforement

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources officials are investigating a number of juveniles in Emery County and have arrested two people in Tooele County in two separate cases involving the poaching of more than 20 deer.

Whittney Evans

U.S. District Court Judge Tena Campbell heard arguments today concerning whether Darrien Hunt’s mother Susan Hunt agreed to a settlement with the city of Saratoga Springs. Police there shot and killed her 22-year-old son in 2014.

Research on airline near misses by Brigham Young and Georgetown Universities finds there is still room for improvement in the generally very safe industry. 

Salt Lake City Police Department

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill says a newly released cell phone video of the January 2015 shooting death of James Barker by a Salt Lake City police officer, does not change the outcome of his original ruling:  that the shooting was justified.

Courtesy of the Darrien Hunt family

New evidence suggests Darrien Hunt’s mother, Susan Hunt, did agree to a settlement with the city of Saratoga Springs over the September 2014 shooting death of her son by police officers. 

Weber County Jail

A South Weber woman with a rare chronic disease is working to change Utah’s laws after being convicted for using marijuana. The mother of two young children was booked and released from Weber County jail Monday.

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A recent spike in car thefts has Salt Lake City police saying to residents: “don’t give your car away”. They say many of the thefts could have easily been prevented.  

Courtesy Utah Department of Corrections

Santa Claus made an appearance at the Timpanogos Women’s Correctional Facility in Draper this year. It’s part of a therapeutic program for incarcerated parents and their children.

Courtesy South Salt Lake City Police

The owners of the Middle Eastern shop that was vandalized late Tuesday night have wiped away the graffiti, and opened their doors again for business.  While police are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime, the shop is suddenly getting a lot more business.

Andrea Smardon KUER

The Salt Lake County Council voted 6-3 to approve the $1.1 billion 2016 budget Tuesday night. It includes a $9.4 million dollar tax increase for criminal justice reform.

Law Officers Warn of Heroin “Tsunami” in Utah

Dec 11, 2015
Andrea Smardon / KUER

Law enforcement officials are seeing an alarming rise in robberies in Utah, and they say heroin addiction is fueling it. The US Attorney for Utah hosted a press conference Thursday to call for help in addressing the problem.

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A federal court on Monday entered a judgment against West Valley City and its police chief in a lawsuit brought by the parents of three former West High School students over a 2010 “gang sweep” inside the school.

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In 2013, Edward Snowden leaked classified information about U.S. surveillance programs while working as contract intelligence officer for the National Security Agency.  Snowden fed information to reporters at The Washington Post and The Guardian who revealed that the NSA was seizing the private records of millions of Americans who had not been suspected of any crimes.  Shortly after Snowden fled the United States, federal officials charged him under the Espionage Act. Today he resides in Russia, living in exile while federal law enforcement officials continue efforts to extradite him back to the United States. On Saturday, KUER’s Doug Fabrizio will interview Snowden live via a satellite link in an event organized by the Park City Institute.  Also present at the event will be Ben Wizner. He is director of the Speech, Privacy and Technology Project with the American Civil Liberties Union and he’s also representing Snowden as his attorney. KUER's Terry Gildea  sat down with Ben Wizner to talk about the logistics behind putting the interview together.

Brian Grimmett

The Utah State Capitol is receiving a security update to prevent people from driving up and into the building.


The Salt Lake County jail was on lockdown over Thanksgiving weekend after an inmate assaulted an officer.

Bob Nelson

The rescue of a woman who fell through the ice in a Northern Utah reservoir Sunday is being called a miracle.

Salt Lake City

The commission tasked with recommending where emergency services for the homeless should go gave the public a glimpse of three possible scenarios last night.  Members of the commission say there’s interest in spreading some services out and away from the beleaguered Depot District corridor.

Judy Fahys

Former Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank is determined to erode systematic biases in the nation’s justice system and policing policies he says are ineffective. Burbank has taken a job with the national Center for Policing Equity as Director of Law Enforcement Engagement. He’ll be responsible for leading ongoing research that’s made possible with the newly created National Justice Database. It’s the first effort track police stops and use of force.

Ogden School District Holds Suicide Prevention Meeting

Nov 3, 2015
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Ogden school officials are holding a town hall meeting this Thursday evening for suicide prevention, the first of its kind for the district.

Dillon Taylor family

The family of Dillon Taylor has filed a lawsuit against Salt Lake City and South Salt Lake City. Taylor was a 20-year-old Salt Lake City man who was shot and killed by a Salt Lake City Police officer outside a convenience store last summer. The lawsuit also names individual police officers involved in the incident.

YWCA Utah Hosts "Week Without Violence"

Oct 20, 2015
Andrea Smardon / KUER

YWCA Utah is hosting events every day this week to raise awareness about domestic violence. They’re calling it the "Week Without Violence".

Salt Lake City Police Department

A Salt Lake City Police Officer who shot and killed a burglary suspect last month has been cleared of any wrongdoing.

Utah Department of Public Safety

The Utah Department of Public Safety has released the man who left a suspicious package at the Utah State Capitol.

Brian Grimmett KUER

The three female Salt Lake City police officers who sued the department over alleged sexual harassment by a former deputy chief have reached a settlement.

The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded the Salt Lake City Police Department a grant worth more than $1.8 million. The grant will allow the department to hire 15 new officers.

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.