Nathan Collins
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Nathan Collins is an investigative journalism graduate student at Arizona State University who graduated from the University of Southern California in 2019 and the Thornton School of Music. Before switching to journalism, Collins, who plays saxophone, toured professionally with John Fogerty. Collins is passionate about public media, audio storytelling and creating meaningful narratives.


Police unions play multiple roles in reform efforts

MADISON, Wisc. – The power dynamic with some police unions has shifted – whether by choice or force. Some union leaders have tried to lead change, others have made concessions and some are fighting to maintain their power.

Police reform in U.S. is piecemeal, not comprehensive

ALBUQUERQUE – Reforming a vast, complex system of law enforcement will require innovative and proven solutions, a holistic approach and the willingness to change. So far, we’ve seen “reform around the edges” – with individual departments, cities and states tackling elements of police reform.

Elaine Maestas, left, a community oriented response and assistance responder in Albuquerque, New Mexico, makes a phone call alongside Albuquerque Community Safety responders Chris Blystone and Deborah Vigil on July 7, 2022. They responded to the aftermath of a SWAT raid that left a family of five without a home. (Photo by Kate Heston/News21)

Why police unions keep negotiations secret

PHOENIX – Activists demand more transparency during contract negotiations between police unions and cities. News21 speaks to Kevin Robinson, a former Phoenix assistant police chief, to explain the process and why it’s kept secret.

Police departments test ways to improve officers’ mental health

Law enforcement officers report higher rates of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicidal thoughts. Police officials say departments should implement comprehensive officer support programs – and address potential problems before they can “mushroom.”

Police hire more civilian investigators to shore up ranks

PHOENIX – Police departments – including Baltimore, Phoenix and Mesa – have hired more civilian investigators to “make sure crimes get hands-on attention” as departments face staffing shortfalls.