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Eight months after launching LASAR, a bespoke app for students and community members to send anonymous tips about dangerous or suspicious behavior, Los Angeles Unified School District has logged 591 reports.
The Portland City Council voted unanimously this week to spend up to $2.6 million to outfit more than 800 police officers with body-worn cameras next year, making permanent a pilot program that launched this summer.
Over the past six weeks, city staff was tasked with recommending technology that could help Tucson police establish "No-Racing Photo Enforcement Zones," similar to those established in Seattle.
Marin County's Sheriff Jamie Scardina will ask the Board of Supervisors to approve the installation of 31 automated license plate readers in unincorporated areas to help stop vehicle theft and other crimes.
Aurora police leadership appeared before the Aurora City Council recently to give an update of how the technology is working, saying it has helped them strengthen the department.
As a major California public transit agency grapples with ongoing public safety, funding and ridership challenges — the same issues many transit agencies are facing — its use of surveillance technology is evolving.
The Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement program, a joint effort by the New York State Department of Transportation and the New York State Thruway Authority, is meant to slow motorists down in work zones.
A sophisticated foreign cyber attack disrupted courts across the state last month, jeopardizing sensitive information, the Kansas Supreme Court said this week. Officials are still evaluating the data the criminals stole.
The Indiana city celebrated the launch of a new real-time crime center at the Gary Police Department this week. The center makes multiple surveillance technologies deployed throughout the city available to "virtual patrol officers."
California’s Department of Justice can continue to share firearm data with researchers studying the causes of gun violence, per a new court order made in the state.
The court received the $19,070 electronic citation special funding grant from the Supreme Court of Ohio and the Ohio Department of Public Safety's Traffic Records Coordinating Committee.
Los Angeles police officers record roughly 8,000 interactions with the public on body-worn cameras, and most of that footage goes unseen. Artificial intelligence might soon be tapped to help.
This marks the first ZeroEyes deployment in a state capitol building. The company, whose tools work with security cameras, recently raised $23 million and hopes to sell more often to public agencies, along with schools.
Investigators probing a string of late-night burglaries identified a former Connecticut police officer as the culprit after obtaining cell data linking his wife's Jeep to the crime, according to a warrant.
Two Baltimore City Council committees this week heard discussion about a pair of proposals designed to regulate the growing use of facial recognition technology within city boundaries.