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12/5/2019

Personnel from nine police agencies in Northern California recently completed wellness training where they learned how to be resilient amid the stress of their work. "By appropriately processing these experiences, we are able to maintain personal wellness, which then allows us to better serve the community," said course organizer Delia Garcia, a correctional sergeant.

12/5/2019

9-1-1 services' ability to locate callers will improve with the set of rules approved last month by the Federal Communications Commission that will require a Z-axis location within three meters of the caller by 2021, but the FCC and emergency services stakeholders should continue refining the requirements, writes Joe Hanna of the Center for Digital Government. An additional notice of proposed rulemaking provides "a path for continued improvements as future developments in technologies are realized," Hanna writes.

12/5/2019

Tacoma, Wash., is building 22 small structures designed to house 35 homeless people as part of a plan to relocate people camping in parks. The village will open Dec. 19 and will be run by the Low Income Housing Institute.

12/5/2019

A $14 million, 17,000-square-foot recreation center will open Friday in Palm Beach, Fla. The center is a replacement and includes a bigger playground, a revamped multipurpose field and a fitness center.

12/5/2019

The government of Albuquerque, N.M., is using data and analytics to further equity among residents. Multiple city departments have turned to data mapping to ensure that resources are reaching the communities that need them the most.

12/5/2019

The El Paso County, Texas, Parks and Recreation Division is building all-inclusive playgrounds for children with varying abilities at three parks. The group Moms on Board is helping with the projects.

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12/5/2019

Chuck Mraz, the new chairman of the joint parks and recreation board for Morehead and Rowan County, Ky., says he wants community parks to have more space for dogs as well as people. The board has also created a fund that people can contribute to.

12/5/2019

A bill to ban smoking and vaping in Las Vegas parks was pulled by its sponsor, Ward 1 Councilman Brian Knudsen, who said it likely didn't have enough support. Knudsen said he and local health officials will work together to raise awareness of the dangers of vaping and secondhand smoke.

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12/4/2019

City Commission members in Covington, Ky., last week voted unanimously to hire Oak Ridge, Tenn., administrator Bruce Applegate for the post of assistant city manager. "Bruce brings not just technical experience from his years as an administrator but also an infectious enthusiasm that was noticed by everyone involved in the interview process," says city manager David Johnston.

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12/4/2019

Residents of Mead, Colo., will vote in February on whether to have the town join the Carbon Valley Parks and Recreation District. A property tax would be applied upon joining the district, along with town representation on the board of directors and discounted access to facilities.

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