Bills Proposed to Make Attacks on Police Hate CrimesRepublican Rep. Marsha Haefner's bill would consider certain offenses hate crimes if they were committed because the victim worked as an officer or first responder.
Missouri Senator Wants Harsh Penalties for Assaulting PoliceSen. Doug Libla's announcement comes three days after a St. Louis police sergeant was shot twice in the face while he sat in traffic in a marked police vehicle.
'Bigs in Blue' Program Soon to Become NationwideThe program has already been in place in St. Louis for eight years and pairs police officers with young mentees of the organization.
Officials Announce Distribution of Medicine Deactivation PouchesIt's a specially formulated biodegradable pouch that after adding tap water and your unused medicines - the medicine is deactivated.
Some Municipal Courts In St. Louis County Are ConsolidatingThe consolidation of the county's 80 courts was one recommendation from the Ferguson Commission, which studied ways to improve the relationship between residents and the law enforcement community.
Praise for New Illinois Limits on Cellphone TapsACLU says technology is "too powerful to remain unregulated"
Illinois Chapter of C.O.P.S. to Hold Annual Cycle Across the State"It would be a great opportunity to speak to some of our survivors and hear their emotions and their feelings first hand," Hannan says.
Blue Ribbons in BallwinMiddle school students, community members show support for police
Illinois Lawmakers Give Pot Decriminalization Another TryRepublican Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed last year's attempt to decriminalize pot, but gave lawmakers guidance on how to proceed if they tried again.
Phrase 'In God We Trust' Pops Up on Police VehiclesSupporters have rallied around the phrase, while others question its place in law enforcement, saying it endorses religious beliefs.
Mizzou, Wash U Work on Human Trafficking Map of St. LouisWashington University psychiatry professor Rumi Price says resource providers and law enforcement are relying on instinct and experience to find victims because there isn't much hard data available.
New Ferguson Report Offers Lessons on Handling ProtestsThe police response to unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer offers lessons in how not to handle mass demonstrations, according to a Justice Department report that warns such problems could happen in other places.

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