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Eyes on the neighborhood: Policing in Detroit's Midtown a community effort

Eyes on the neighborhood: Policing in Detroit's Midtown a community effort | High Tech Use by Law Enforcement | Scoop.it
A model of collaborative policing in Detroit's Midtown has resulted in a dramatic drop in crime during the last four years.
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Port St. Lucie Police Department to purchase high-tech crime investigation tools

A nearly $27,000 grant recently won by the Port St. Lucie Police Department may soon help stop auto thieves and enable the department to make up for other resources lost to budget cuts.
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New Haven's ShotSpotter reliability in question

"Questions about the reliability of the Police Department’s high-tech gunshot locator system have police officials and the manufacturer busy troubleshooting — and have raised the prospect that the program could be canned if problems are not resolved."

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Grafetee’s Watching You … Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide | Liz Strauss at Successful Blog

Grafetee’s Watching You … Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide | Liz Strauss at Successful Blog | High Tech Use by Law Enforcement | Scoop.it

"For those unfamiliar with the Helsinki startup, and their engaging little social tool, Grafetee makes use of smart technology, via either iOS or Android operating systems, along with map-centric services like Foursquare, Wikipedia, and even Yelp of late."

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Synthetic 'Bath Salts' An Evolving Problem For DEA : NPR

Synthetic 'Bath Salts' An Evolving Problem For DEA : NPR | High Tech Use by Law Enforcement | Scoop.it
The compounds in the street drug known as "bath salts" aren't necessarily illegal, and they're constantly changing — allowing drug makers to stay one step ahead of law enforcement.
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High-Tech crime prevention program connects neighborhoods with cops

High-Tech crime prevention program connects neighborhoods with cops | High Tech Use by Law Enforcement | Scoop.it
It’s the latest tool in the fight against crime and it may be coming to your neighborhood soon.
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Kimberly's comment, September 27, 2012 3:30 AM
I think that this app is pretty cool. It is a good way to alert people in the neighborhood about what is going on. In ways it can be bad because there are always going to be dishonest people out there. Especially because it is free people can post things that aren't true and it will act as a deterrence while they are off burglarizing another home or place. It is an overall good idea, and another step closer to catching and deterring crime. Hopefully it will scare off criminals, and make the neighborhood a safer place to be. I wonder if we will ever have an app like that in Fairbanks.
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High-tech center aids crime fighters in Tacoma, Pierce County

High-tech center aids crime fighters in Tacoma, Pierce County | High Tech Use by Law Enforcement | Scoop.it
Behind-the-scenes analysts at the Law Enforcement Support Agency's new crime center are helping police on the streets, sometimes in real time. But with federal funding running out, officials hope to find other ways to keep the center going.
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Florida, West Virginia Lawmakers Create Protection Orders for Stalking, Cyberstalking

Florida, West Virginia Lawmakers Create Protection Orders for Stalking, Cyberstalking | High Tech Use by Law Enforcement | Scoop.it
Concerns over in-person and online stalking have led lawmakers to create new orders of protection. But enforcement is often up to the victims and most don’t pursue it.
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In NG-911, beware the black ice -- Urgent Communications article

In NG-911, beware the black ice -- Urgent Communications article | High Tech Use by Law Enforcement | Scoop.it
In some ways, next-gen 911 will add stress, according to speakers who participated this week in the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) conference.
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China Studies US to Revamp Police Force

China Studies US to Revamp Police Force | High Tech Use by Law Enforcement | Scoop.it
China is sending some of its top law enforcement students to study in US...
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New Mexico State Police Deploys FIPS 140-2 Certified Columbitech Mobile VPN on Laptops

New Mexico State Police Deploys FIPS 140-2 Certified Columbitech Mobile VPN on Laptops | High Tech Use by Law Enforcement | Scoop.it
The New Mexico State Police recently selected the FIPS 140-2 certified Columbitech Mobile VPN on laptops used in more than 500 police cars across the state.
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Real-world beaming: The risk of avatar and robot crime

Real-world beaming: The risk of avatar and robot crime | High Tech Use by Law Enforcement | Scoop.it
Avatars and robots can now be used to help people "visit" remote locations via the internet - but this raises a host of moral and legal questions.
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Smart911 being adopted by growing number of communities

Smart911 being adopted by growing number of communities | High Tech Use by Law Enforcement | Scoop.it
Smart911 allows people to provide dispatchers information in advance that could prove critical on emergency calls.
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Judges don't buy the "I'm an idiot about Facebook privacy settings" defense

Judges don't buy the "I'm an idiot about Facebook privacy settings" defense | High Tech Use by Law Enforcement | Scoop.it
The "I'm an idiot about Facebook settings" argument isn't being swallowed in court, as illustrated in this recent case.
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Hi-tech crimestoppers - The Manchester Journal

MANCHESTER - New technology may be on the way which could potentially help the Manchester Police Department in solving crimes such as burglaries, which have been on the rise as of late.
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High-tech system eyed to deter Pa. tree thefts

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. - Officials in central Pennsylvania may respond to a wave of thefts of trees from municipal property by using high-tech devices to help identify the pilfered plants.
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Sci-fi policing: predicting crime before it occurs

Sci-fi policing: predicting crime before it occurs | High Tech Use by Law Enforcement | Scoop.it
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles police are aiming to beat suspects to the scene of a crime by using computers to predict where trouble might occur.
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Seattle cops can't use red-light cameras for evidence

Yakima Herald-Republic SEATTLE Could images from red-light cameras have led Seattle police to a pair of killers?
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Sarah's comment, September 2, 2012 6:59 PM
This article seriously upset me. The fact that these red light cameras cannot be accessed for any other reason than traffic enforcement is completely ridiculous to me. Do people have a reasonable expectation of privacy in some places? Yes, their homes. Do people heave a reasonable expectation of privacy while driving on a public street? I absolutely do not think so. I am sorry; this is not a matter of a slippery slope here. If the government wants to put up cameras on outside of my home and monitor what I plant in my garden, then I can totally understand people taking offense. When you willingly drive a registered car in a public place, I do not think that you have a reasonable expectation of privacy so great that you can’t expect a police officer or other official viewing the video at a later date. I’m sorry if you are a conspiracy theorist who doesn’t trust the government but if this video could save peoples lives or catch murderers, I have absolutely no problem with the police viewing it. If you are out in the public and you commit a crime, how is catching the crime on a traffic camera any different than a normal citizen catching the act on their cell phone video camera, or even just a witness seeing the crime take place? OUT IN THE PUBLIC PEOPLE CAN SEE WHAT YOU ARE DOING. And if you aren’t doing anything wrong, why should you be worrying about “Big Brother” watching you? It isn’t like the cameras are hidden and people have no clue they exist, you can see them! This article was really frustrating for me to read and I hope that this law gets changed.
Rob Duke's comment, September 3, 2012 12:56 AM
Sarah,
Washington State has a very restrictive state constitution (in some ways similar to ours here in Alaska). I tend to agree and don't see what is problematic with having the serendipity of useful evidence from a red light camera to help solve another serious crime.
However, I can see problems to the ubiquitous use of camera systems everywhere. I think that proverbial genie is out of the bottle with smart phones and social media. A police force in Finland, for instance, has used the Grafetee (pronounced graffiti) social media to help with surveillance (see above). I wonder how Washington's State Supreme Court will address that little innovation?
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Crime-fighting goes high tech in Singapore with tablet computers

Crime-fighting goes high tech in Singapore with tablet computers | High Tech Use by Law Enforcement | Scoop.it
The police are arming a group of community policing officers with tablet computers to help in the fight against crime. Their counterparts in the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) are also doing the same, to enhance training at its academy.
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Audit finds police camera problems; Nutter's office counters

AN EXPENSIVE flop. That's essentially the verdict in a 23-page audit the city controller released Wednesday on the city's video-surveillance cameras, first installed in 2008 to fight crime and...
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Longmont police go high-tech - Longmont Times-Call

Longmont police go high-tech - Longmont Times-Call | High Tech Use by Law Enforcement | Scoop.it
LONGMONT -- It probably isnt what comes to mind when you think "Robocop," but Longmont police are using more and more technology to enforce the laws, and officers said it is saving time and improving accuracy.
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Vehicle-to-Vehicle Technology Hope to Decrease Accidents -

Vehicle-to-Vehicle Technology Hope to Decrease Accidents - | High Tech Use by Law Enforcement | Scoop.it
New developments hope to reduce crashes that aren’t alcohol or drug related.
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High tech crime calls for high-tech crimefighting

High tech crime calls for high-tech crimefighting | High Tech Use by Law Enforcement | Scoop.it
Craig Schmidt was talking about botnets, almost matter-of-factly...
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