Palantir may go public, but can it turn a profit?

Nov 16, 2018
The surveillance software giant may be preparing for an IPO amid concerns about its business.
Peter Thiel is the co-founder of Palantir, named for a crystal ball in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.
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Legal marijuana creates an industry for new breathalyzers

Oct 24, 2017
A number of companies are trying to develop tests that can be used by law enforcement to determine if drivers are impaired.
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Local law enforcement in California work with ICE in different ways

Mar 15, 2017
At the Fresno County Jail, immigration agents have access to the jail’s database.
Sgt. Elisa Magallanes books a newly arrested man at the Fresno County Jail.
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Law enforcement auctions guns that were confiscated in crimes

Oct 11, 2016
Some agencies don't want the firearms back on the streets.
Potential gun buyers bid on firearms that were confiscated by the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office. 
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Are red light cameras for safety or making money?

Apr 12, 2016
St. Louis officials hope to restart a controversial red light camera program
St. Louis’ red light camera program has been shut down by the Missouri Supreme Court, but the cameras remain above many intersections because city officials are hoping to get them issuing tickets again.
Paul Sableman

Controversial civil forfeiture program back in action

Apr 6, 2016
Under federal and state law, police can seize cash if they suspect a crime.
Alda Gentile with her grandson, Daniel. In 2012, police seized more than $11,500 from her while she was traveling from Florida to New York. 
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Unlocking iPhones spells money, and lots of it

Mar 29, 2016
Unlocking smartphones could be a nice money-maker for encryption companies.

Does diversity make a difference in policing?

Jun 8, 2015
Civil rights advocates call for more minority recruiting to police forces.
Some civil rights advocates believe increasing police diversity will help with problems of racial profiling.
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Swatting: not a new phenomenon, but the cost is rising

May 19, 2015
The prank's cost is going up for police departments and emergency call centers.