Detectives often wait weeks for an analysis of DNA samples, but a “Rapid DNA” machine can analyze the DNA in a swab and produce a profile in less than two hours. The FBI is starting a project to connect “Rapid DNA” machines to its national DNA database.
In an unusual consensus, artificial intelligence researchers, activists, lawmakers and many of the largest technology companies agree that facial recognition software breeds bias, risks fueling mass surveillance and should be regulated.
The constitutional prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures could prevent law enforcement from using the sophisticated surveillance technology made possible by artificial intelligence, according to a University of California-Davis law professor.
“If we have a really close encounter with armed people it doesn’t work out well for anyone,” said Portland, Or., police K-9 officer Shawn Gore. “If we can gain distance it gives us lots of options to negotiate and de-escalate.”
The LE-5 cameras made by Seattle-based Vievu will be removed from 16 commands around the city. An officer in Staten Island reported seeing smoke coming from the bottom of the device and removed it from his uniform. Once removed, the device exploded.
Dustin Burns of Springfield, who was on probation for violating a restraining order, was jailed and charged with felony tampering with electronic monitoring equipment after he posted a Facebook video showing, “This is how you take an ankle bracelet off — without breaking the circuit,”
As the national drone industry continues to take off, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) experts say it’s likely drones will be used by almost every law enforcement agency across the U.S. within the next few years.
Boston Police Commissioner William Gross says his officers must deal with “second, third and fourth” gun-related cases from suspects already on GPS monitors. “It’s just repeat offenses with the same folks,” he says.
“If we do our job right, police officers should be really engaged, and the tech should start to melt into the background, rather than intimidating in the foreground,” Rick Smith, CEO of the company that makes Tasers and other police technology, tells The New Yorker.
A crime lab in the San Francisco Bay area has made an impressive dent in gun violence by helping local cops swiftly identify weapons used in crime through the 20-year-old National Integrated Ballistic Information Network. So why aren’t other police departments taking advantage of the network?