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Police Body Cams: What’s In, What’s Out

State laws governing the use of recording devices have proliferated over the past year—but legislatures are also setting stricter policies for when the devices must be shut off, and for what happens to the footage, the Urban Institute reports.

R2D2 by Alberto Garcia

Silicon Valley Wagers on Robots to Supplement Human Cops

R2D2-style robots are being used to patrol parking lots, shopping centers and corporate campuses in California. They can read license plates and detect humans in places they’re not supposed to be. Funding for robotics startups hit nearly $600 million last year as investors bank on these machines supplementing–if not supplanting–human security guards and police officers.

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Police Are Losing Battle Against Texting While Driving

Distracted-driving fatalities continue to climb, but police say texting while driving is trending upward–even though motorists are well aware of the danger. “It’s everyone, kids, older people — everyone,” says a Massachusetts cop. “When I stop someone, they say, ‘You’re right. I know it’s dangerous, but I heard my phone go off and I had to look at it.'”