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Episode 139: When student athletes play hard, who gets paid?

Nov 12, 2019

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The tech tool for police accountability that's like "Yelp for cops"

by Amy Scott and Phoebe Unterman Jul 24, 2018
And how it's the latest in a series of policing data initiatives that top brass officers have used to shape American policing.
Protesters scuffle with police during a march against police violence in Manhattan in 2015.
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Is meditation the answer to aggressive policing?

by Melanie Sevcenko May 4, 2018
Some first responders are focusing on their mental well-being so they can respond more compassionately to those they serve.
First responders practice guided meditation as part of Richard Goerling’s mindfulness workshop in Hillsboro, Oregon.
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France is using drones to catch dangerous drivers

by John Laurenson Nov 13, 2017
Bordeaux-area police have issued hundreds of fines since the summer.
The spy in the sky.
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Legal marijuana creates an industry for new breathalyzers

by Lauren Silverman 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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Should local police departments have sophisticated military gear?

by Mitchell Hartman Aug 28, 2017
A policy reversal from the government could mean grenade launchers, bayonets and night-vision goggles for law enforcement.
A police officer in riot gear stands guard outside City Hall during a protest in Los Angeles, California on November 2016.
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Is it ever OK to ask children to translate for their parents in emergency situations?

by Marketplace Contributor Aug 15, 2017
Immigrant parents often depend on their children to translate for them.
Ft. Wayne police now carry language identifier notebooks with them as a way to determine and locate appropriate interpretation services. 
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In the police body camera business, the real money's on the back end

by Marketplace Contributor Apr 18, 2017
Departments that agree to a proprietary software system can then be chained to a product to manage the data.
Axon body cameras that just came off the production line.
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DOJ will review consent decrees at police departments across the nation

by Marielle Segarra Apr 4, 2017
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered the Department of Justice to take a close look at consent decrees in place at police departments across the country. They’re agreements a local police department signs on to after the department’s civil…

Drones to help with Indiana search and rescue efforts

by Marketplace Contributor Feb 24, 2017
The state's Department of Natural Resources says flying an unmanned aircraft is a cheaper and faster alternative to other methods, including helicopters.
Pilot Matt Garringer, with the Indiana DNR,  explains how a drone equipped with a video camera and GPS, could be used for search and rescue. 
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Are autonomous robots the future of mall security?

by Molly Wood Jan 12, 2017
One company's plan to use robots to fight crime.
Knightscope robot security guards. 
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