The Mountain West News Bureau is reporting on policing in our region. Data show that, as a whole, our region has a high per capita rate of law enforcement-involved fatalities. But there are big disparities among communities. Montana's Yellowstone County, for example, has one of the highest rates of police-involved fatalities, while Kootenai County, Idaho, has one of the lowest.
Why is that? Is policing in our region different? Are there different challenges in our communities? This year we’ll be reporting on our findings, and we also want to hear from you.
- Do you have personal experience with law enforcement in your area? Major or minor, we want to hear about your interactions with police.
- Maybe you’ve needed the help of law enforcement. We want to hear that story. Or maybe you’ve had an experience that makes you want to see change in how law enforcement works. We want to hear that story, too.
- What is your perception of your area police?
- Why do you think it’s important for reporters or anyone to understand about the role of law enforcement and the challenges it faces in your community?
On Tuesday, November 10th, at 10:00 am MT, the Mountain West News Bureau is holding a listening session about policing in our region, and you’re invited. Come to our virtual event and share your experience, stories, ideas, and solutions. Register here.
This story was produced by the Mountain West News Bureau, a collaboration between Wyoming Public Media, Boise State Public Radio in Idaho, KUNR in Nevada, the O'Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West in Montana, KUNC in Colorado, KUNM in New Mexico, with support from affiliate stations across the region. Funding for the Mountain West News Bureau is provided in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.