FBI says new data on police use of force is coming this summer

Jun 1, 2020
The FBI also says that just over 40% of law enforcement officers are contributing to the National Use-of-Force Data Collection.
The participation of law enforcement agencies in this program, to track when officers use lethal force or seriously injure someone, is voluntary.
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The tech tool for police accountability that's like "Yelp for cops"

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?

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

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

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?

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?

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

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.
Jimmy Jenkins

DOJ will review consent decrees at police departments across the nation

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

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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