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Each year, about 3,000 people in the United States are killed in crashes involving distracted drivers.
A new study suggests the potential benefits of police body cameras — including reduced use of force — outweighs the costs of the technology. More research about body cams, however, is strongly recommended.
A bill aimed at lifting the shroud of secrecy covering police surveillance tools and their role in investigations of Maine citizens advanced after members of a relevant committee overwhelmingly recommended passage.
In January, the Wasco City Council unanimously accepted a plan to purchase automated license plate readers, but concerns about the technology and the data it would collect have led the city to reconsider the decision.
Sonoma County, Calif., is implementing artificial intelligence technology to help emergency management workers detect wildfires before they spread out of control. Could this be the blueprint for other at-risk counties?
A York County, Pa., police department recently became the first in the nation to agree to lease a 3D virtual reality training system for five years, with officers saying that the program feels just like real life.
Axon, the biggest provider of body-worn cameras in the U.S., is integrating with the emergency data startup RapidSOS, giving more information to first responders as well as to 911 dispatchers.
The Chula Vista Police Department's license plate readers are staying for at least another year, a unanimous City Council decided Tuesday during its first in-person meeting since the onset of the pandemic.
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According to the most recent FBI data, police departments interact with the public 61.5 million times each year, dealing with everything from petty crimes to medical emergencies and violent acts that jeopardize public safety.
The Kern County, Calif., Sheriff's Office was among hundreds of law enforcement agencies nationwide that piloted the use of a controversial facial recognition tool that has been heavily marketed to policing agencies.
While many police departments have been working to procure body-worn and dashboard cameras in accordance with new requirements, smaller towns with resident state troopers learned last month they bear significant cost.
Most of Huntington Park's finance department was placed on administrative leave and another staffer was arrested after unauthorized computer access and identity theft came to light, city officials said.
Detroit police's reliance on facial recognition technology ended in the wrongful arrest and imprisonment of a man from Farmington Hills, Mich., and now he's suing the department in relation to the mistake.
ParkMobile, which provides a digital parking-payment app for Keene, N.H., and other municipalities, was the victim of a data breach that accessed users' information, the company has announced.
A former employee of the Post Rock Rural Water District is accused of tampering with water treatment systems after leaving the job two months earlier. The incident, and others like it, raise serious cybersecurity concerns.
The use of facial recognition technology by police represents a breach of the public trust and a move toward the sort of widespread and invasive surveillance that has no place in our communities.
Starting July 1, a statewide ban on facial recognition technology will go into effect as part of House Bill 2031. Law enforcement agencies will need legislative approval prior to using the controversial technology.
Starting July 1, a de facto ban on use of facial recognition technology will go into effect across Virginia, meaning that most police departments will not be allowed to use or buy it without legislative approval first.
Various Idaho law enforcement agencies are testing out controversial facial recognition software, Clearview AI.
More than 60 law enforcement agencies in North Carolina have been named in a report centered on the use of a controversial facial recognition tool that relies on facial images scraped from social media profiles.