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Study Highlights ‘Cycle of Violence’ in Families

The study, published by the Crime Victims’ Institute at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, found that nearly 80% of families where parents were involved in intimate partner violence (IPV) had children who committed violent acts against partners. Three out of four of those families had adult children who became victims of IPV. ...

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Minnesota Names New State Fire Marshal

A veteran of Minnesota’s fire service has been named the state’s new fire marshal, public safety officials announced recently. Bruce West assumed his new duties on Dec. 4 following the retirement of longtime fire service official Jerry Rosendahl. As part of his new role, West leads the state’s Office of Pipeline Safety, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. The pipeline safety office inspe ...

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Juvenile Crime Nears 30-Year Low in Minnesota

Juvenile crime in Minnesota has fallen to a level not seen since 1980, according to the state’s Department of Public Safety. The agency’s new report, titled Back to the Future: Volume 1, found that juvenile arrests in Minnesota increased rapidly during the 1980s and 1990s, reaching a peak of 79,584 in 1998. Since then, however, the numbers have declined nearly every year. ...

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New Website Focuses on Public Safety Apps

A website designed as a hub for emergency response and public safety apps has grown rapidly since its launch in April 2013. The nonprofit Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International (APCO) is responsible for the site, which has attracted more than 120,000 visits and now hosts 158 mobile applications in a variety of categories. The Application Community, or AppComm, is a “trusted onli ...

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