Category Archives: Public Safety

Preliminary testing shows contamination on highschool practice field

The St. Louis school district has sent out letters of warning to parents after preliminary testing of the high school practice football field returned a positive result for DDT contamination.

Edward Lorenz is the legal committee chairperson for the Community Action Group in St. Louis.
He says the EPA found significantly high levels of DDT.

“Where they have found contamination is on the practice field. They found DDT at 40 parts per million. So now they’re gonna do a more comprehensive sampling of the whole field and see if something has to be done.”

The amount of DDT found is 8 times higher than the allowable limit set by the EPA.

The contamination likely came from flooding of the field by the Pine River, which was originally contaminated by the Velsicol chemical company decades ago due to their chemical dumping practices.

More comprehensive testing of the practice field and the main playing field are expected in mid-December, weather permitting.

House bill to protect late night gas station attendants heard in Committee

11 07 Michigan VisitLate night gas station attendants in Michigan may see increased security at their workplace under a bill making its way through Lansing.

The move would require gas stations to staff at least two employees between 11pm and 5am, or have security cameras installed.
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Prison reform activists see opportunity in “lame duck” for legislative overhaul

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Bills that seek to reduce prison spending in Michigan seem to have momentum going into the last weeks of the Legislature’s 2014 session. Read more

Bay City Police to experiment with body-worn cameras

1384507875pem40Police officers in Bay City will start off the new year wearing body cameras for the first time, as part of a 90 day pilot program.

The body-worn cameras will be used in an effort to increase transparency within the department. The department will be testing camera systems from at least two different vendors.

Michael Cecchini is the Public Safety Director for Bay City.

He said use of the new cameras will be part of each officer’s daily routine.

“You’d have a policy that directs the officer to turn the camera on anytime he’s out for investigation or contacting a citizen, and then that interaction is recorded and then at the end of shift downloaded.”

Cecchini said the cameras would be switched on for things like traffic stops, field interrogations, or whenever an officer is dispatched to a call.

He said body cameras have been proven effective in studies conducted by the National Institute of Justice.

“Which indicates that the use of body worn cameras reduces citizens complaints by 40%. There’s a University of Cambridge study that indicates the the use of body worn cameras reduces incidents of use of force by officers by 57%.”

Cecchini said body-worn cameras are becoming highly sought after systems for their low-cost and effectiveness.

Following the trial period, Cecchini said a recommendation will be made to the City Commission to either purchase the equipment, or discontinue the program.