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  • Prosecution of an Information Highway Patrolman

    New Times investigates the firing of patrol officer Lorne Shantz by the Arizona Department of Public Safety for bringing shame to the agency by knowingly operating a computer bulletin board with obscene materials such as child pornography.
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    WOTV investigates a possible cover-up by a Kalamazoo public safety officer sent to take down statements of a fight between three off-duty Grand Rapids police officers and a black man at a Kalamazoo bar. (Dec. 18, 1995)
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    KTRK-TV finds that Houston is a city where thousands of buildings go uninspected for fire safety for years; warehouses loaded with hazardous chemicals, apartment complexes and schools. Acting on tips, and following a series of multi-alarm fires, KTRK maintained surveillance on the fire marshal's night shift and documented the widespread falsification of inspection records, the acceptance of liquor and other entertainment by some inspectors, and the use of phony occupancy permits to get away with overcrowding nightclubs. Nov. 8 - 10, 13 & 16, 1995)
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    WJW-TV caught high ranking fire officials and fire inspectors charging taxpayers thousands of dollars in overtime they never worked. WJW-TV reviewed a years worth of inspection records, and found few inspection being done, while the fire prevention crew spent city time in bars & personal business. (Nov. 13 - 15 & 30, 1995)
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    The San Francisco Examiner's four-part investigation and analysis of SF District Attorney, Arlo Smith, showed that the office, and public safety in San Francisco, were being undermined by complacency, mismanagement, dereliction of duty, politics and poor morale. A computer-assisted analysis of 14 years of data showed that Smith's office failed to prosecute and made lenient deals with defendants at relatively high rates over the years. (Sept. 10 - 13, 1995)
  • Suburban Housing Inspectors Crack Down on Latinos

    The Chicago Reporter found that even though Elgin officials say they are enforcing laws that are crucial to maintaining home values and ensuring public safety, they have issued one housing code citation for every 35 housing units in predominantly Latino neighborhoods such as these, compared to one citation for every 59 units in white neighborhoods. (Sept. 1995)
  • Risky Ride

    The Boston Globe investigates the safety of elevators and finds that crippling accidents and deaths occur frequently, inspections are not done as often and as thoroughly as they should, and the industry was free from federal supervision. As a result of the series, the states Public Safety Commissioner ordered a major overhaul of the inspection system and punishment for inspectors who were not doing their jobs.
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    The Record found that the cost of public safety in Troy is inflated by poor management practices and abuse of sick time and overtime by police and firefighters.Following the investigation, the city demanded concessions from the firefighter and police unions, additional officers have been hired to reduce overtime costs and a captain and sergeant face departmental charges, January, March, April, May and July 1994.
  • Hiding Behind the Badge

    WBZ-TV examined three years worth of accident reconstruction reports on accidents involving state and local police and did not find one record where a police officer was at fault; the series finds evidence of cover-ups, the state police rigged the reconstruction of a fatal accident involving a police officer and a separate system of justcie for state police involved in accidents, Nov. 28 - 30, 1994.
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    Financial World describes nine benchmark cities which have improved key areas such as public safety and neighborhood development; dispels the myth that all American cities are in an irreversible downslide, March 2, 1993.