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Does The Fairfax County Police Department Operate In The Sunshine?

In honor of Sunshine Week, an initiative to educate the public about open government and the dangers of excessive secrecy, Virginia reporter Michael Pope sat down with Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler to talk about charges that his department lacks transparency.

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Smile, You're On Camera: D.C. Police Expand Body-Worn Camera Program

The D.C. police department has decided to make permanent a program that will outfit officers with body-worn cameras.
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Police Department Remains Under Pressure In Fairfax County

The Virginia county has created a new commission to look at whether police use excessive force and lack transparency. One member of the panel is already calling for the chief's resignation.

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New Goal Set For D.C.: Totally Eliminate Pedestrian Deaths

The Bowser administration will adopt Vision Zero — a program designed to assess street redesigns and other issues with the goal of totally making the city safe for pedestrians.

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Paycheck Politics And The Homeland Security Bill

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is blasting Republicans who claim that the department's workers can weather a temporary shutdown if Congress can't finish legislation to fund the department by the end of Friday.

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House Conservatives: Homeland Security Bill Is Right Venue For Immigration Fight

Virginia Reps. Dave Brat and Morgan Griffith are among those who want Congress to use the spending legislation to block President Obama's executive actions on immigration.

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Maryland Moves Toward Renewing Race, Gender Data Collection In Police Stops

The legislation has been in place since 2001, and supporters say it has led to a drop in racial profiling by police.

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For Local Agencies, Homeland Security Spending Fight Is A Big Concern

If Congress can't get a deal on the Homeland Security bill by the end of the week, local and regional agencies — including even the smallest fire departments — could see serious effects on their budgets.

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Three Separate Smoke Incidents Cloud Metro Over Weekend

Just weeks after smoke in the tunnel at the L'Enfant Plaza Metro station hospitalized dozens and resulted in the death of a rider, Metro saw three different smoke incidents this weekend.

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Metro Takes More Heat From Investigators, This Time Over Ventilation Procedures

The transit agency had its claims of an improved safety culture undermined again on Wednesday when federal investigators disclosed another failure related to the fatal smoke incident on Jan. 12.

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