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Public Safety

Public safety is one of the core roles of local government. Our work covers a range of issues: disaster preparedness and relief, community policing, terrorism – domestic and international, gun control measures, and more.

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  • Research Report

As cities embrace a future permeated by technology, local leaders must continually reassert and revisit community values, while ensuring these values are the foundation of new plans, policies, and programs. 

This…

  • Press Release

New National League of Cities Research Examines Future of Equity in Infrastructure, Public Safety and Economic Development

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Today, the National League of Cities (NLC) released new research on the future of…

Future of Equity
Future of Equity
  • Press Release

WASHINGTON — October 26, 2017 — Today, President Donald Trump elevated the federal response to the opioid addiction crisis by finally declaring it a public health emergency — but without opening up any new federal funding to combat the epidemic.…

National Mall
National Mall
  • CitiesSpeak

Whether it’s providing critical information during a natural disaster or promoting an important local cause, outdoor advertising is a vital tool that local communities use to enrich and improve people’s lives.

Now, a growing number of…

Billboard advertising an Amber alert.
Billboard advertising an Amber alert.
  • CitiesSpeak

Philosopher George Santayana famously said, “Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” When it comes to planning and action around climate change, though, we need to flip his advice: If we wish to avoid repeating the past, we…

Flooding
Flooding
  • CitiesSpeak

Through new approaches, community outreach and education, and even legal action, municipal governments are continuing to lead the most comprehensive efforts to date in the battle against widespread opioid addiction.…

photo - Local Governments Continue to Fight the Opioid Crisis
photo - Local Governments Continue to Fight the Opioid Crisis
  • CitiesSpeak

The next phase in this NLC initiative can help your city better allocate scarce resources as well as improve public safety and overall outcomes for young adults.

Close to home in cities, jails open up the "front…

photo - How Your City Can Receive Technical Assistance to Reduce the Use of Jails
photo - How Your City Can Receive Technical Assistance to Reduce the Use of Jails
  • CitiesSpeak

Your state and local laws could be rendered irrelevant when it comes to possessing and carrying a gun.

Consider the following scenario: Tom, who lives in Arizona, plans to take a trip to New York City to see the…

photo - Legislation Would Allow Tourists to Carry Concealed Weapons in Your City
photo - Legislation Would Allow Tourists to Carry Concealed Weapons in Your City
  • Press Release

Annual “State of the Cities” Report Finds Mayors Expanding Leadership Roles to Fight Attacks on Local Control, Address Top Issues for Cities

WASHINGTON — May 24, 2017 — A comprehensive analysis of mayoral state…

SOTC Banner Image
SOTC Banner Image
  • Case Studies & Practices
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In December 2013, realizing that the issue of firearm violence rates in the City of Wilmington, especially among youth, was becoming a crisis situation, the city leaders requested that the Centers for Disease…