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Sen. Casey introduces bills to improve interactions between police and people with disabilities

The Human-services Emergency Logistics Program (HELP) Act seeks to divert non-criminal, non-fire and non-medical emergency calls from 911 systems to state and regional 211 systems.

By Aaron Moselle/WHYY

Philly Council committee votes to ban police use of tear gas and rubber bullets on protesters

The Committee on Public Safety voted in favor of the bill after it’s second of two hearings, which ran a total of more than six hours over the past two weeks.

By Ximena Conde/WHYY

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Lifting the stigma

Police reform law aimed at providing mental health care to officers
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

New police reform law exempts officer disciplinary records database from public disclosure

Second measure signed by Gov. Wolf is aimed at ensuring mental health checks for officers
By Ed Mahon

Midstate county implements co-responder law enforcement model

“We live in a country that the largest provider of mental health services are our county jails, which is absolutely unacceptable.”
By Julia Agos

‘Less-lethal’ weapons bill fails to get committee blessing before Allegheny County Council vote

The full County Council could vote on the bill at its next meeting on Tuesday, July 14.

By An-Li Herring/WESA

Police use of force and the public’s right to know

Too many Pa. police depts. won't publish use-of-force policies
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

Some police departments say publicizing use-of-force policies builds trust. Others say the public can’t be trusted

Killing of George Floyd on Memorial Day heightens calls for transparency in how police in Pennsylvania are trained
By Joseph Darius Jaafari and Ed Mahon