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Justice and Public Safety

State and local government tech-driven efforts around courts, corrections, law enforcement and public safety, including applied tech in police and fire.

Flock Safety, the company behind Houston’s array of automated license plate readers, says its technology is helping police curb crime, but privacy and civil rights advocates say the tech raises other concerns.
A Massachusetts school district has entered a zero-cost pilot program with BusPatrol to put digital cameras on buses to enforce violations, giving vendors limited access to registries to in order to issue citations.
To locate stolen or missing bicycles and return them to their rightful owners, the Costa Mesa Police Department has partnered with Project 529 — an online registry already used in multiple Orange County jurisdictions.
Versaterm CEO Warren Loomis, fresh off a new acquisition, talks about building a public safety ecosystem and why specific tools are not always enough. Versaterm is among the most active acquirers in gov tech.
A federal court judge has lambasted Google for deceptive tactics in a high-stakes court case, with California Attorney General Rob Bonta also attacking the tech behemoth for "egregious behavior."
The Kansas police department has plans to test a virtual reality training simulator and a new taser. The training software has the potential to make the training process more efficient.
A statewide ban blocking use of facial recognition on body cam footage has expired. Now several assemblymembers say they don’t want a new ban — instead, they’d rather create restrictions to curtail inaccurate arrests.
When Tarrant County joined TechShare.Courts with other counties across the state, the idea was to sell the software to others. But that hasn’t come to fruition, with other counties pulling out as delays mount.
Drivers in the Garden State will now be able to present digital vehicle registration during traffic stops as part of a program launched by the Motor Vehicle Commission late last week.
Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird said there is potential for nefarious actors to use artificial intelligence to fool their victims, pointing to several recent examples of the technology being misused.