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Burlington Police Chief Schirling testifies before Senate panel

first_imgStatement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.),Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee,Hearing On Encouraging Innovative and Cost-Effective Crime Reduction StrategiesMarch 3, 2010Today, the Committee returns to the critical issue of finding the best strategies for reducing crime.  I chaired a hearing in the last Congress on this issue, and we now consider what the next steps can and should be. We will hear about innovative approaches that are working in police departments and criminal justice systems across the country, and examine what the Federal Government can do to encourage the adoption of approaches that work to keep our communities safe.  I hope we can make bipartisan progress on this issue.  We all want to effectively and efficiently reduce crime and keep our neighborhoods safe.In the 1990s, with the leadership of then-Senator Joe Biden and others, we passed legislation to create and fund the COPS program and other important initiatives, which put thousands of new officers on the street and encouraged innovative policing strategies.  Law enforcement leaders in cities and towns throughout the country, bolstered by this national support, revolutionized the way policing was done throughout the country.  These efforts led to the unprecedented drops in violent crime we saw during the 1990s.That progress stalled in the last decade as Federal funding for state and local law enforcement dried up, and Federal attention to finding the best approaches to reducing crime wavered.  Rates of crime stayed largely stagnant, despite skyrocketing incarceration rates, and some communities saw significant resurgences in violent crime. One of the factors that prevented the crime problem from worsening in the last decade was continuing innovation at the local level.  Enterprising police chiefs, hard working law enforcement officers, judges and community leaders worked together to find new and more effective crime reduction strategies, and many communities saw this work pay good dividends. The economic downturn has put an even greater strain on our communities efforts to keep crime rates down.  In response to this growing crisis, Congress and the President acted decisively, including $4 billion in Federal assistance to state and local law enforcement in last year s stimulus legislation.  I fought hard for that funding, and the results are already being felt.  Crime rates are coming down as police departments are adding or retaining officers and implementing new initiatives.Even with this help, though, police departments and criminal justice systems remain short on resources.  More money alone will not solve the problem.  It is important that cities and towns use their resources in the ways that have been proven to work best.We will hear today from leaders in the field who have been setting good examples for how our communities can make their law enforcement and crime reduction efforts work well.  Chief Mike Schirling from Burlington, Vermont, has brought significant innovation to a small city police force.  He has implemented comprehensive community policing and partnerships with all levels of law enforcement and with schools and community groups.  He is exploring the use of alternative sanctions to set low-level offenders on the right path before they enter the criminal justice system, targeted programs to address mental health needs, consolidation of resources to help police departments function more efficiently, and the use of new technology to share information more effectively.Chief Rodney Monroe has made great progress in Richmond and now Charlotte with initiatives like using technology to pinpoint law enforcement efforts and integrating law enforcement with economic development and job training.  Colonel Dean Esserman has made Providence into a national leader in community-based policing.  Chief Patrick Berarducci has also brought innovation to a small city police force.There are good examples from across the country.  Cities like Los Angeles and Chicago are seeing results with gang outreach and mediation initiatives.  Thinkers on crime reduction strategy like Jeremy Travis and David Kennedy with the National Network for Safe Communities have helped communities throughout the country effectively tackle intractable crime problems.  The HOPE program in Hawaii has shown that probation supervision with swift and certain consequences can greatly reduce recidivism.  Many jurisdictions have had great success with juvenile prevention and reentry programs.Today s witnesses come from communities that look like much of America and prove that innovative and effective crime reduction approaches are not restricted to the biggest cities with the greatest resources.  I hope that by highlighting these successes, we can encourage other communities to follow their lead.I believe the Federal Government can and must help by spreading the word about strategies that work, and also by targeted funding and support.  We have seen in Burlington and in many other cities that an initial Federal investment can make possible initiatives that would not be possible otherwise.  These programs are inexpensive and cost effective.  Over time, they should more than pay for themselves by reducing the costs of crime, improving local economies and creating jobs, and reducing the need for federal assistance. I know there is disagreement about Federal support for state and local law enforcement.  I hope there can be broad bipartisan agreement on supporting cost effective strategies that work to keep our communities safer.Source: LEahy’s office. 3.2.2010# # # # # Burlington Police Chief Michael E Schirling testified Tuesday afternoon before a congressional panel chaired by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT).  Leahy invited Schirling to testify at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Encouraging Innovative and Cost-Effective Crime Reduction Strategies.Leahy has made state and local law enforcement issues a priority for the Judiciary Committee this Congress.  He dedicated the first hearing of the 111th Congress to examining the needs of state and local law enforcement.  Last year, Leahy worked to secure $4 billion in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for state and local law enforcement, including the successful Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program.  Twenty-five police departments in Vermont were recipients of COPS funding included in the ARRA.  In 2008, Leahy twice brought the Judiciary Committee to Vermont to hear testimony about community efforts to address crime. We have seen in Burlington and in many other cities that an initial Federal investment can make possible initiatives that would not be possible otherwise, Leahy said at the hearing.  These programs are inexpensive and cost effective.  Over time, they should more than pay for themselves by reducing the costs of crime, improving local economies, creating jobs, and reducing the need for federal assistance.  Schirling testified about the Burlington Police Department s success in developing and enhancing community policing.  Over the last 11 years, our policing paradigm shifted from a response-based model to one embracing the core tenets of community policing partnership and problem solving with an eye toward preventing crime and mitigating disorder on our streets and in our neighborhoods, said Schirling.   We believe that critical law enforcement innovation can occur not just in traditional policing endeavors, but also in other areas. Chief Schirling has brought significant innovation to a small city police force, said Leahy.  He has implemented comprehensive community policing and partnerships with all levels of law enforcement and with schools and community groups.Police departments across the country are facing cutbacks in resources and funding during difficult economic times, and are increasingly looking to local business and community organizations to help identify and implement innovative strategies to address violence and crime.Audio and video footage will be available later this afternoon.An archived webcast will be available online later today. # # # # #last_img read more

U.S. Labor Department: Coal mining employment fell to record low in 2018

first_imgU.S. Labor Department: Coal mining employment fell to record low in 2018 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享West Virginia Public Radio:It’s been two years since President Donald Trump took office and began rolling back environmental regulations on the coal industry. At a November rally in Huntington, West Virginia, the president took credit for a coal comeback in front of a cheering crowd.But federal data about the industry tell a different story. Mine operators and independent contractors are required to report regular employment information to the Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration, or MSHA. Preliminary figures for 2018 show 80,778 people were employed by mine operators and contractors. That’s a record low, and about a thousand fewer than were employed by coal in the last year of the Obama administration.Nationwide, coal plant retirements neared a record high, and overall coal production dropped to the lowest level in nearly 40 years, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, a non-partisan government agency that tracks energy trends.The Trump administration has leaned heavily on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to try to boost the region’s coal industry. In March 2017, Trump signed an executive order that kicked off an in-depth review of a series of environmental regulations. Since then, the administration has proposed a series of regulatory rollbacks aimed at helping struggling coal plants and operators.But many industry analysts believe Trump’s looser environmental rules have not helped the industry. “So, we had some pretty significant regulatory rollbacks in 2018,” said Trevor Houser, a coal analyst at the independent research company Rhodium Group. “And yet, 2018 was a record year in terms of coal plant retirements.”Across the Ohio Valley, utilities announced more coal power plant closures in 2018. After Ohio-based FirstEnergy Solutions declared bankruptcy, it announced it would close two coal-fired power plants, one in Pennsylvania and one in Ohio. Another of its plants in West Virginia will close by 2022. Another major utility, American Electric Power, announced it was moving up the closure date for some units in its Conesville plant in Ohio to 2019.A report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, an energy think tank, found cost is the biggest force in coal’s decline. Renewables and gas-fired generation continue to provide a cheaper and more flexible alternative.More: Coal comeback? Coal at new low after two years under Trumplast_img read more

Ryanair in Osijek again from 2020?

first_imgIn 2017, the low-cost airline Ryanair canceled the direct route London – Osijek, leaving Slavonia without such an important air connection with Europe. How it transmits Vecernji list in today’s print edition, the Ministry of Tourism and the CNTB are in talks with Ryanair to establish a direct line with Osijek from several European cities for four months next year, from June to September. The reason for shutting down the line was the inability of Osijek Airport to pay subsidies to Ryanair. However, according to information from the WTM fair held in London, Ryanair could soon re-introduce a direct line with Osijek Airport. center_img Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli pointed out that agreements with Osijek Airport and the prefects of five Slavonian counties will follow, which should also financially help in part in returning Ryanair to Osijek, which would certainly be a big wind behind the development of tourism in Slavonia. Ryanair’s answer should be known by the end of the month, when more details will be known.last_img read more

MLB wrap: Reds win 5th straight game after taking down Brewers 7-1

first_imgNick at Nite. #BornToBaseball pic.twitter.com/y9Ln8dHDEK— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 21, 2019Cincinnati sports the third-best team ERA in MLB (3.53) and has allowed a mere 11 runs in its last five games.The Cubs, Cardinals and Brewers better be careful or the Reds could sneak up on them and take this division away.Studs of the NightRangers starter Mike Minor continues to dominate as he tossed eight one-run innings in a 4-2 win over the Indians.Diamondbacks center fielder/shortstop Ketel Marte went 4 for 6 with a run scored in a 6-4 loss to the Rockies.Giancarlo Stanton posted his first three-hit game of the year while scoring two runs in a 10-6 win over the Astros.Dud of the NightPhillies starter Nick Pivetta gave up six earned runs in 5 1/3 innings of a 7-4 loss to the Nationals. David Ortiz shooting: Alleged triggerman indicted on drug charges in New Jersey The Reds only trail the Yankees for the longest active win streak in MLB. The Yankees won their sixth straight on Thursday with a 10-6 win over the Astros.Nick Senzel hit his seventh home run of the season in Cincinnati’s win over the Brewers and all of a sudden the Reds are just 5 1/2 games back of the first-place Cubs. Related News Don’t look now but the Reds are the hottest team in the National League.Cincinnati took down Milwaukee 7-1 on Thursday to win its fifth game in a row and sixth in its last eight. HighlightBilly McKinney hit a walkoff two-run homer in the Blue Jays’ 7-5 win over the Angels.Billy McWinney 😌@billy_mckinney | #LetsGoBlueJays pic.twitter.com/qXC7V5Fg40— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) June 21, 2019What’s NextBraves (44-31) at Nationals (36-38), 7:05 p.m. ET — It’s Dallas Keuchel’s (0-0, 0.00 ERA) Braves debut. He will be taking on Stephen Strasburg (7-5, 3.75 ERA) for the Nationals. It’s a nice little division rivalry and a preview of what might be to come for Atlanta.last_img read more

Two Footballers will not play in a Friendly Match against Spain

first_imgAfter the UEFA League match against Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina expects a friendly match with Spain on Sunday.Robert Prosinecki. BiH team head coach, will not be able to count on Miralem Pjanic and Ognjen Vranjec for this friendly match.Namely, Pjanic has problems with his leg, while Vranjes has an inflammation of the throat.Dragons went to Las Palmas today at 12:00 o’clock.last_img

Raw deal

first_imgBFI wanted the new 1,528-acre mega-dump to be exempt from a policy that had applied to the city portion and barred it from accepting trash from outside L.A. County. Suddenly the deal was going to be about more than bureaucratic organization after all. If BFI got its way, the deal would be the vehicle for further dumping on the San Fernando Valley. This is exactly the sort of trickery community leaders had feared. Fortunately, thanks to the efforts of Supervisors Mike Antonovich and Zev Yaroslavsky, who voted against the merger, that didn’t happen. Its sleazy negotiating tactics notwithstanding, BFI will not be able to import the rest of Southern California’s trash into the area just outside Granada Hills. But the dump will get to keep operating for 30 more years, thanks to the supervisors’ approval. The daily amount of trash going to the landfill also will be increased from from 6,000 tons to 12,000 tons. And though the mega-dump will be held to some more stringent environmental standards, that will be of little consolation to those living nearby. Neighbors will still have to put up with the fumes, the hazards and the traffic – plus landfill operators and politicians who don’t care.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GIVEN that the Los Angeles County supervisors gave their tentative blessing to the dreaded merger of the two Sunshine Canyon landfills back in June, it comes as little surprise that they signed off Tuesday on the details of the project. Community opinion be damned. This sellout was preordained. The public never supported the merger of the two landfills – one within city limits, one under L.A. County government’s control – for good reason: Neither Sunshine’s operator, Browning Ferris Industries, nor the political leaders overseeing the deal ever acted with much integrity. Neighbors were worried that somehow, once again, their interests would be buried in the dump’s mountainous piles of trash. And they were right. last_img read more