Law Enforcement

Lawmaker questions community doorbell surveillance

Sen. Edward J. Markey wants more information on “invasive data collection and problematic engagement with police departments” of Amazon’s subsidiary, Ring.

Inconsistent data reporting thwarts crime analysis

Almost 40% of law enforcement agencies did not submit any data in 2021 to the FBI’s crime statistics collection program.

For mental crises, send a pro not the police?

Evidence from a pilot program in Denver suggests that providing mental health support for nonviolent emergencies can help reduce crime and save money.

Biden’s executive order on policing could help spur local reforms

The directive, which includes varied restrictions and alternatives, drew support from reform advocates as well as groups representing law enforcement officers and cities.

Proposed bill would let people know when law enforcement is surveilling them

The legislation would require law enforcement to disclose surveillance orders covering digital communications, such as e-mails and search histories, as well as more traditional calls and wiretaps. 

The Park Police’s ‘dilapidated’ D.C. dispatch office puts safety at risk, an IG says 

The center's old and defective technology does not have necessary safety features, lacks caller ID location features and is unable to allow instant playbacks of public safety phone and radio communications, which the Interior Department’s policy requires, the IG stated. 

New app tracks terrorism-linked events in local U.S. communities

It marks an enhancement of the information-sharing capabilities the National Counterterrorism Center offered before.

What to make of the Supreme Court's ruling on unauthorized system access

The high court's ruling last week decided a police officer did not violate a 1980s anti-hacking law, but the court ultimately left open questions about the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act's applicability for other purposes such as cybersecurity research.

The 'fake news' challenge for first responders

A DHS advisory group offers tops on how local and federal emergency responders can leverage social media.

My other car is a smart phone

Cisco wants to network and IP-enable vehicles, which could be a boon for emergency response crews, among others.

What is LTE, and why is it right for a public safety network?

The details of a national public safety network have yet to be worked out, but the consensus is it will be based on the emerging Long Term Evolution standard.

Public safety network has ‘eye-opening’ first real-world test

Police on the street and in the crowd used iPhones for encrypted voice, data and video, free of the congestion that can hamper a commercial wireless network.

CBP puts $100M into sensors to track drug smugglers flying ultralights

The system, to be operated at border stations and in remote areas, is intended to thwart a growing threat.

FBI to open facial recognition searches to police nationwide

A pilot project that started in Michigan will give police in in several states access to a database of nearly 13 million mug shots.

Data storage shortage forces DEA to drop prosecutions, reports say

With only 40T of storage agencywide, a prosecutor drops a long-running case that has amassed some two terabytes of data, along with more than 400,000 documents.

NYPD, Microsoft unveil all-seeing downtown surveillance system

The Domain Awareness System analyzes data from thousands of cameras, sensors and crime databases in real time, delivering a comprehensive view of threats and activity.

License plate scanners: Useful tools, but what about all that data?

The systems, which can capture up to thousands of images per hour, are increasingly popular with police but are raising privacy conerns.