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For the past two decades, police departments around the country have used facial-recognition tools to aid them in solving crimes. These tools have traditionally limited law enforcement officers to searching only government-provided images. A small company called Clearview AI has recently released a new tool that provides users with public images collected from popular […]

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This summer the Los Angeles Police Department hopes to outfit 600 of its officers with on-body video cameras. The cameras, unlike the picture at left, resemble a bluetooth ear piece and would attach to the officer’s collar or sunglasses. Funding for the project has been secured from private donors, with the department raising […]

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The recent events surrounding Edward Snowden and the NSA surveillance program are bringing domestic law enforcement surveillance into the public consciousness. In particular, the implications of Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs), used by law enforcement agencies all over the country, are being reevaluated.

The recently implemented technology consists of a camera linked to a processing […]

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The story unfolds like a hybrid horror or science fiction film: a serial killer called the Grim Sleeper preys on prostitutes and drug addicts, murdering them and disposing of their bodies in dumpsters and alleyways in a south Los Angeles neighborhood. The deranged man kills at least seven women in the mid-1980’s and then […]

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Digital Forensic Service Offered by Dell

On July 9, 2009 By

Dell has created and launched a package of software designed to help police catch and convict criminals by preserving, organizing, and analyzing digital evidence. The software enables users to create and manage their own datacenters–repositories of evidence and information on criminal suspects.

One advantage this type of data management provides to law enforcement […]

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Amateur Videos: Making Police Accountable?

On January 13, 2009 By

On January 1, 2009, Oscar Grant, a 22 year old African-American, was shot in the back and killed by a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police officer, Johannes Mehserle. The shooting occurred on a station platform. Grant was unarmed.

Within hours of the shooting, videos recorded on witnesses’ cellphones and digital cameras […]

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GPS Assists Law Enforcement but Raises Privacy Concerns

On August 20, 2008 By

In 1999, police in Washington State acted on a hunch and attached a GPS unit to a murder suspect’s car. Hoping that the suspect would lead them to the crime scene, the investigators monitored his activities and apprehended him when he returned to the place where he had buried his victim. While the Washington […]

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