September 2, 2019

Report 2017 One Of Safest In Decades For Police Officers On Duty

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /01:04 X PexelsTexas leads the country, however, with the most officer fatalities in 2017, with 14 law enforcement deaths.While 2017 has marked one of the safest years since 1959 for police officers in the country, Texas still leads the country with the most officers killed in the line of duty.It’s actually not an unusual ranking for Texas. The Lone Star State historically has the most officer fatalities, partly because it has so many law enforcement agencies.“When you look at the breakdown of deaths in the state of Texas this year, it’s a microcosm of the country,” said Craig Floyd, president of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, an advocacy group that tracks these numbers.The group’s breakdown for Texas with preliminary numbers:Six officers were shot and killed;Four officers died in traffic-related incidents;One officer drowned during Hurricane Harvey;and three officers in Texas died on the job from stress-related illness. However, Floyd said that better public relations, safer equipment and training to deescalate tense situations are all paying off. Nationally, there was a 13 percent drop in the line-of-duty deaths for police officers, which reversed a three-year spike. Sharelast_img read more

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September 2, 2019

What Future Transit Options Does Houston Need

first_img Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Gail Delaughter/Houston Public MediaA light rail train in front of Metro’s headquarters on Main Street. Xcenter_img We often hear Houstonians bemoan the fact that we don’t have more vibrant, comprehensive mass transit. But what can we do about it – besides complain?Well, for one, there’s a task force working on the problem long term – about 25 years ahead, in fact.The High Capacity Transit Task Force is examining a variety of transit service concepts that might be workable for Greater Houston by 2045, when the region’s population is projected to be more than ten million.The task force will present its recommendations at the Transit Policy Council meeting on Friday, Feb. 22, at 9:30 a.m. at 3555 Timmons Lane, 2nd floor, Room B.In the audio above, Houston City Council Member Amanda Edwards talks about the task force, the solutions it’s focusing on, and what she’s hearing from the public concerning its desires for future transportation services. 00:00 /21:22 Sharelast_img read more

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