Law Enforcement Tech

Police Department Tries Out Virtual Reality De-Escalation Training

The department in Schenectady, New York, is working with a local game development company on the program.

Police Departments Experiment With 70-Pound Robot Dog

Departments have deployed the cyber K-9s in hostage situations and as part of the covid response. Proponents say the robots can help keep officers out of harm's way, while critics worry how they could be used without clear policy guidelines in place.

Can Better Data Fix America’s Policing Crisis?

COMMENTARY | As society debates law enforcement reform, far better data is necessary to provide a road map for needed changes.

Facial Recognition Algorithms Struggle to Detect Faces Under Masks, NIST Study Finds

A new study from the National Institute of Standards and Technology found facial recognition algorithms developed pre-pandemic struggle to identify masked faces.

Unchecked Power? How Law Enforcement Could Leverage Facial Recognition During Protests

COMMENTARY | The lack of regulation around facial recognition usage allows law enforcement to use the technology in ways that could undermine civil rights and liberties.

One City Rejected a Policing Algorithm. Could It Be Used For Other Purposes?

In Pittsburgh, an algorithm that deployed law enforcement officers to predicted crime “hot spots” might be repurposed to send social services to areas in need instead.

Did That Drone Just Tell Us to Stay 6 Feet Apart?

Police have deployed drones to check if residents are complying with social distancing requirements. One department even briefly considered using them to scan crowds for fevers.

Deploying Body-Worn Cameras in a County Jail

A sheriff's office in Wyoming recently began using body-worn cameras on deputies working inside the county jail, the first in the state to test the technology in a correctional setting.

The New First Responder Crisis: Not Enough Dispatchers

COMMENTARY | What can governments do to recruit and keep the “first” first responders?

Six U.S. Cities Make the List of Most Surveilled Places in the World

A new report found that CCTV surveillance is increasing in certain areas of the U.S., with one city government watching its citizens from 35,000 cameras.

Study: More than Half of Americans Trust Law Enforcement to Use Facial Recognition Responsibly

Pew Research Center’s study is the latest to conclude Americans are growing more comfortable with having their faces scanned.

Phone Companies Make Pact with State Attorneys General to Combat Robocalls

As part of the agreement, 12 phone carriers pledged to implement call-blocking technology and to monitor their networks for illegal robocalls.

The Hidden Challenges in Police Use of Facial Recognition Technology

The Orlando Police Department ended its pilot program involving facial recognition technology this month, saying the agency was unable to devote the necessary resources to the program.

Mass Surveillance Is Coming to a City Near You

COMMENTARY | A tech entrepreneur wants to track the residents of a high-crime American community.

Lawmakers Take a Hard Look at Facial Recognition Technology

One expert estimates a quarter of American law enforcement agencies have facial recognition capabilities, but the technology remains largely unregulated.

Building a Map to Help Care for Vulnerable Residents

San Bernardino County, California, uses a survey and mapping tool to connect homeless people with support services.

A New System to Ensure Sexual-Assault Cases Aren’t Forgotten

More states are adopting software that allows sexual-assault survivors to track their evidence kits.

Most Law Enforcement Agencies Still Operate Manually in an Increasingly Digital World

Only 24 percent of North American agencies reported using analytics to process mobile data like photos and videos, according to a new Cellebrite survey.

A DNA Company Wants You to Help Catch Criminals

Family Tree DNA was criticized for secretly working with the FBI. Now it’s explicitly asking potential customers to help law enforcement.