Police departments have spent millions in overtime during protests

Jul 3, 2020
While activists call for redirecting police funding, overtime compensation can exceed cities' budgeted amounts. Sometimes officers are paid in comp time.
New York Police Department officers gather during a rally following the death of George Floyd on May 31, 2020, in New York City.
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Tight budgets strain 911 call centers

Sep 26, 2018
Fees from phone bills only cover about three-quarters of the costs to operate the nation's call centers; states and cities scramble to cover the rest.
Marilyn Scott retired as a police officer and became a call taker. She says it’s a stressful job.
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Is meditation the answer to aggressive policing?

May 4, 2018
Some first responders are focusing on their mental well-being so they can respond more compassionately to those they serve.
First responders practice guided meditation as part of Richard Goerling’s mindfulness workshop in Hillsboro, Oregon.
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Study finds that police officers moonlight regularly to earn extra income

Dec 27, 2016
Is policing 'public? Is it private? Or is it some mix of the two?' study's author asks.
Sgt. Steve Carbajal's police vehicle sits outside the Marquee Theatre in Tempe while he works an off-duty security job.
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After attack, Dallas police recruits say they’re more committed than ever

Aug 15, 2016
These 100 recruits are mostly men. They’re racially diverse. All started their training before the shootings that rocked Dallas.
Police recruits line up for a uniform inspection at the Dallas Police Academy.
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Everyone will pay more to protect police officers

Jul 19, 2016
Murders in Baton Rouge and Dallas have cities increasing protection for police officers.
Police officers keep watch in Times Square following the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris.
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