The Pew Research Center has released a survey conducted by the National Police Research Platform. The groundbreaking survey is of nearly 8,000 sworn police officers who work in departments around the U.S. with at least 100 officers. The survey provides a detailed look at how officers feel about their jobs and how they view relations with the communities they serve at a time of increased tensions following high-profile encounters between law enforcement and blacks.
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Dallas Police used a bomb disposal robot to kill a suspect after last night’s deadly shooting during a protest. In a press conference, Dallas police chief David Brown said that the robot was deployed after negotiations with the suspect failed. “We saw no other option but to use our bomb robot and place a device on its extension for it to detonate where the suspect was,” said Brown. “Other options would have exposed our officers to great danger. The suspect is deceased as a result of detonating the bomb.”
MIT researchers led by professor Dina Katabi has developed software that uses variations in radio signals to recognize human silhouettes through walls and track their movements.
Researchers say the technology will be able to help health care providers and families keep closer tabs on toddlers and the elderly, and it could be a new strategic tool for law enforcement and the military.
The device displays the signal on a screen, where the person’s movements can be tracked in real time. It depicts the target as a red dot moving around the room, occupying a chair and speeding up or slowing down.
The wireless signals used to track a person’s motions also can measure the individual’s breathing and heart rate — and potentially identify the person based on the shape of his or her skeleton. The technology raises questions about privacy rights and intrusion, and the team gave serious thought to those implications.
The user interface will be friendly for setting it up and using it at home, but it will be very hard to use it to track someone just by pointing it at their wall” A company set up to market the technology, aka Emerald, will spin out of the MIT lab next year, with a goal of marketing the device early in 2017, and it’s expected to sell for $250-$300. The team is working to make the device smaller and to develop an interface that will let users configure it through a smartphone app.
Although NYPD has X ray vans and other x ray equipment
The Whitewater Wi, Police Department has begun employing new technology in the college town of about 14,500 people — using “point of view” cameras that are mounted onto officers’ heads. The goal of these cameras is to try to capture everything an officer sees.The Whitewater Police Department is one of the few agencies in the country to have this latest technology.The point of view cameras can be placed on a hat, sunglasses or mounted behind an officer’s ears. When officers are on patrol, the camera is on, but on a buffering mode. The Whitewater police are using these point of view cameras because they feel they capture more of what they need.The cameras were initially tested out in 2011 and made the purchase in December of 2012.
MOSS POINT -Mississippi City patrol cars are now equipped with new technology to help police officers record events as they happen and track criminal activity, thanks to $132,000 Juvenile Accountability block grant through the Department of Public Safety.It has covered the costs of equipping all of Moss Point’s police cars with dashboard cameras
The money will also buy iPads for each of the patrol cars so officers in the field can file their reports on crimes, accidents and other incidents in a timely manner before going to their next call. This Police Department is among the first in the state to put iPad technology in patrol cars. The new technology also allows officers to take and quickly send pictures of crime scenes to a central database. Police will use a new program in their iPads to share information with other law enforcement agencies.