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Amid a nationwide surge in drug overdoses caused by fentanyl and other synthetic opioids, private messaging platforms have made it harder for law enforcement to track sellers of deadly pills, one sheriff says.
Department officials this week announced the upcoming changes to their patrol vehicles at the annual State of the NYPD breakfast. New tech additions will include 360-degree cameras and QR codes the public can use to contact the department.
The New York Daily News writes that everyone has the right to show their face in public, but having that face be scanned against a giant database by the cops is a concern for anyone with a face.
A Michigan man in prison for unemployment fraud pleaded guilty in connection with using cellphone account information to empty bank accounts, the state attorney general's office announced Wednesday.
A New York state Supreme Court justice, following the lead of another justice, has ordered a cryptocurrency mining company in the Falls to stop operating or face fines of $10,000 a day.
The City Council this week began discussing a new policy about the use of police department drones. One provision would require officers to obtain a search warrant before launching the device for surveillance purposes.
The company has raised $87 million since its founding in 2013. Its technology helps emergency dispatch centers get a better fix on calls — and helps power the new 988 suicide prevention hotline.
The state’s highest court is set to review the Denver Police Department’s controversial use of a Google search warrant that led officers to identify and arrest three teenagers in connection with a 2020 arson that killed five.
New software, called tip411, is making it possible for residents to submit anonymous crime tips to police via text message. The tool also allows the department to respond to the messages in real time.
Hackers reportedly stole nearly 20GBs of data from police agency vendor ODIN Intelligence, including personal information on suspects and convicted sex offenders as well as plans for upcoming police raids.
A private equity firm will take over the Canada-based software provider that sells incident response, case management and other tools to law enforcement. Magnet then will combine with another company.
Turlock Police are set to install license plate cameras on multiple intersections in the hopes of addressing an uptick in crime. Officials say the technology will be shared with the Stanislaus County Sherriff's Office.
The new software will integrate city police, prosecutors and the court with the information needed to automate workflows and quick legal processes. The system is expected to be in place by the summer.
The move provides delivery workers with immediate access to emergency dispatchers with tools already used by public agencies. RapidSOS hopes to win other such deals within the gig economy as it continues to grow.
The Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office went live with an online reporting system for non-emergency calls. The office has had to keep up with the demands of a growing population and limited staff.