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  • PublicSource: Revelations of police technology problems spark FBI scrutiny, alleged retaliation and unfinished work

    For the first time, PublicSource reported how Pittsburgh's reform-minded police chief touched off an FBI investigation into how city employee's handled software contracts. Included were projects that were never implemented by 2018, though they were fully paid for five years earlier using federal funds. The federal investigation ended without any charges, but internal investigations in the city were ongoing. A former officer also claims he faced retaliation for reporting concerns about tech projects, specifically from one of the city's highest ranking public safety officials. He is currently suing the city over several of the same concerns first publicly reported in our stories. Our stories led directly to internal changes in city purchasing and increased scrutiny of purchasing by City Council.
  • Coca-Cola vandal caught

    Sometimes the journalism gods drop a big scoop in your lap. That's what happened to me and the identity of an infamous vandal at American University. After months reporting on these cases of vandalism, one Public Safety official came forward and gave us all the information on the case. I knew it was my responsibility to follow-up, verify the information, and educate the campus community that the vandal had been caught.
  • Paying for firefighters' overtime taxes Martin County

    Overtime pay enabled a Fire-rescue battalion chief to become the third highest paid employee in Martin County and overtime pay for the 230-member department tripled in the past six years, despite efforts by the brass to control overtime pay.
  • Ex-cons On The Street

    U.S. News and World Report reports on issues related to recidivism in America. "Anyone who lives in a metropolitan area in the United Sates is going to be living within five minutes of tens of thousands of prisoners released from prisons," the article quotes a public safety official. Programs are being set up to "graduate" convicts back into society. One persistent problem is that ex-cons have a hard time finding jobs that pay enough to support themselves and their families above the poverty line and makes returning to crime that much more attractive.
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    WEEI Radio (Boston) series uncovers ties between Massachusetts Department of Public Safety official and organized crime figures, drug dealers and convicted felons, Oct. 9-11, 1985.