Montana now has six mobile crisis response teams — up from one in 2019 — with more in the works. Each team has a different makeup, but all use mental health support to diffuse tricky situations.
Even before last week's shooting of Alton Sterling, Baton Rouge's mostly-white police force had an uneasy relationship with the mostly-black city.
To combat homegrown terrorism, community engagement officers in some cities are building relationships with Muslims. The hope is to increase trust — and the likelihood that threats will be reported.
Violent crime has ticked up in certain metro areas. Police are scrambling to hold the line while at the same time trying not to appear overzealous.
Accusations against police of a slowdown has heightened longstanding mistrust of police. While steps are being taken to rebuild that trust, that's hard to do when police are out combating violence.
In an executive order, President Obama curbed the kind of equipment local police can acquire from the federal government. He also demanded more accountability in exchange for other equipment.
Baltimore officials want to fix damaged relations between police and residents. Church pastors there have long stepped up to help fill the gap of mistrust, and they hope to play a role in erasing it.