Technology

  • Enter the hot zone

    One lane of I-95 in West Palm Beach, Fla., closed for a week while fire rescue hazmat personnel and environmental regulators conducted a homicide crime scene investigation. Meanwhile, in Jupiter, Fla., the sheriff’s office environmental investigators...

    Article • April 11th, 2012

  • Tracking Graffiti Pays Off for Denver Police

    A new database analyzes tags, maps them and even comes up with a cost of damage.

    News • March 21st, 2012

  • Credit where credit is due

    While economic factors are at play, law enforcement is also working smarter, trying new approaches and following crime data closely.

    Article • March 16th, 2012

  • Butt Calls, Eye-Rollers, Disbelievers and Scowlers

    Law Enforcement and other emergency dispatchers have to listen to a lot just to determine whether or not the call to 911 is actually an emergency. Sometimes it's funny; sometimes it's not.

    Article • March 15th, 2012

  • Information sharing: “social” police work

    It's one thing to post surveillance video online and ask for public feedback, using the social space the same way you would traditional TV and print media. But it's another to share the same information with neighboring agencies.

    Article • March 6th, 2012

  • The Skinny On Lasers

    Lasers have been around for years, but there are still a host of misconceptions about their use and effectiveness.

    Article • March 5th, 2012

  • Streamlining for safety (and convenience)

    At its best, an officer’s patrol car is his or her mobile office. It is chock full of everything they need to get the job done. At its worst, it can be a death trap – chock full of things , and distractions. Auto accidents are consistently among...

    Article • February 28th, 2012

  • Twitter for law enforcement: Agencies and officers

    Like any law enforcement tool, whatever you put into Twitter has to be worth the time and effort.

    Article • February 9th, 2012

  • Informed and in touch

    For the officer to stay informed and in touch on the road, it takes a lot more than just a two-way radio. Access to data such as browser-based forms, record management systems and control of in-car equipment are daily duty musts, and technology is ever...

    Article • February 1st, 2012

  • UK Police Crime Map to Zero In on Public Places

    A crime-mapping website for England and Wales that lets users track what crimes have been committed on a street-by-street basis will now cover places like clubs and rail stations where large groups of people gather.

    News • January 30th, 2012

  • On duty with robo partner

    Consider what it would be like to have a super partner: someone who knows all the latest technology, can find background information in a snap, can provide reliable backup in tense situations and of course, be easy to get along with. Well, we’re...

    Article • January 26th, 2012

  • Super-Sized Scanners to be Used at Super Bowl

    Homeland Security officials brought larger-than-life X-ray machines into Indianapolis to help scan the countless semi-trucks that will make deliveries to Lucas Oil Stadium.

    News • January 26th, 2012

  • Back to driving school

    On January 18, 2012, Calcasieu Parish (New Orleans) Deputy Randall L. Benoit, 41, was killed in a head-on collision when an unidentified driver crossed the center line and smashed into the deputy’s vehicle. Just days later, Officer Kelly Mayfield was...

    Article • January 23rd, 2012

  • NYPD Testing Body Scanners

    Officers, without stepping out of their vehicles, may soon be able to detect if someone is packing heat -- using technology that could greatly reduce the number of stop-and-frisk searches.

    News • January 20th, 2012

  • Dig this

    Less than half a mile from the U.S. Port of Entry at Otay Mesa in San Diego County, Mexican drug smugglers operated an elaborate 2,400-foot tunnel that connected a small warehouse 175 yards south of the border near Tijuana’s Rodriguez International...

    Article • January 18th, 2012

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