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Will drones be a new basic policing tool?

Many believe drones will be a new basic policing tool Here’s a few articles worth reading Wall Street Journal Reports: Taser Explores Concept of Drone Armed With Stun Gun for Police Use Police officers could soon be adding a new weapon to their arsenal: stun-gun drones. Stun gun maker Taser International has already approached some law enforcement officials about potentially using …

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Police Want Weaponized Drones, Taser Weighs the Consequences

Police Want Weaponized Drones, Taser Weighs the Consequences Rick Smith, founder of stun gun and body camera manufacturer, says his clients are asking about drones equipped with the company’s conductive electrical weapons. The public is horrified, but Smith says Taser is nowhere close to a prototype. In July, Dallas police used a robot to deliver a pound of C-4, a plastic explosive, to …

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Study: Tampa Police Officers Use Less Force When Wearing Body Cameras

Study: Tampa Police Officers Use Less Force When Wearing Body Cameras By Jana Jones October 26, 2016 TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A study conducted by University of South Florida researchers shows police who wear body cameras are likely to use less force than officers who don’t. “What were you assumptions before this study was completed?” Dr. Wesley Jennings asked. “The officers that …

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More Agencies Revising Use-of-Force Policies

Denver Police Department Is Rewriting Its Use-Of-Force Policy New Denver Police Policy Will Encourage Officers to Use the Minimum Amount of Force Necessary By Noelle Phillips October 26, 2016 The Denver Police Department is rewriting its use-of-force policy to align it with the community’s changing expectations for how officers handle volatile situations and to reflect progressive policies recommended by national policing …

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CA Deputy Pulls Woman from Wreck Before Car Bursts into Flames

CA Deputy Pulls Woman from Wreck Before Car Bursts into Flames  October 24, 2016 A San Diego, CA, Sheriff’s Deputy saved a woman trapped inside a smoking car in the early hours of Sunday morning, the Sheriff’s Department confirmed. Deputy Steve Gusman, of the North Coastal Station, was driving in the 3300 block of Manchester Avenue when he saw what …

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Americans’ Respect for Local Police Jumped To Highest Levels since 1967

Three-Quarters of Americans say they have great respect for their local police.   The poll,  According to an October 24, 2016 Gallup poll 76% of Americans said they have “a great deal” of respect for police in their area, up 12 percentage points from last year. The poll revealed racial disparities in attitudes toward police, with 67% of nonwhites saying they have a great …

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In the News: October 1st – October 31st, 2016

Community Relations Charlotte: Restoring Bonds between Police, Inner-City Kids, In an Era of Mistrust Maryland State University to Try to Heal the Divide between Baltimore Police and the Community Civilian Review Governor Rick Snyder Signed An Executive Directive As Well As A Multi-Bill Package That Instructs The Michigan Commission On Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) To Review And Update Its Standards For …

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Cops Report Finds Bias by San Francisco Police Against Blacks

U.S. Cites Bias by San Francisco Police Against Blacks By THOMAS FULLER OCT. 12, 2016 SAN FRANCISCO — The United States Department of Justice on Wednesday criticized this city’s Police Department for bias against African-American residents in its use of force and during traffic stops but stopped short of saying it was the result of racism. Ronald Davis, the director of the Justice …

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Maryland State University to Try to Heal the Divide between Baltimore Police and the Community

Maryland State University to Try to Heal the Divide between Baltimore Police and the Community By Meghan McCorkell October 12, 2016 BALTIMORE (WJZ)–Baltimore City police have partnered with Morgan State University to try and heal the divide between police and the community. A damning DOJ report released two months ago revealed systemic discrimination within the Baltimore City Police Department. Now, the …

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Cops: Man Who Shot 2 Boston Officers Didn’t Have Gun License

Cops: Man Who Shot 2 Boston Officers Didn’t Have Gun License October 13, 2016 A man who shot two Boston police officers responding to a report of a domestic disturbance was armed with a tactical shotgun and wearing body armor but didn’t have a gun license, authorities said Thursday. The officers were responding to a 911 call from a home …

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Boston Officers Out Of Surgery; Police Identify Slain Suspect

Boston Officers Out Of Surgery; Police Identify Slain Suspect   By Laura Crimaldi, Travis Andersen, Samantha J. Gross and Martha Schick October 13, 2016 Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans said the two officers wounded in a shootout in East Boston Wednesday night are out of surgery, but remain in extremely critical condition. Evan said the two officers, one a 12-year …

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Gunman Killed After Critically Wounding 2 Boston Cops

Gunman Killed After Critically Wounding 2 Boston Cops Steph Solis , USA TODAY October 13, 2016 Boston police shot and killed a man wearing body armor and wielding an assault rifle who critically injured two officers responding to a domestic disturbance call late Wednesday, according to Police Commissioner William Evans. Evans said the two officers — one a 28-year veteran and the other a 12-year …

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Officers Killed and Wounded in Palm Springs and Boston

Boston Shootings Gunman killed after critically wounding 2 Boston cops http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/10/12/boston-police-officer-shooting/91983038 Boston officers out of surgery; police identify slain suspect https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/10/12/breaking-two-boston-police-officers-shot-east-boston/tPX8PGEv2MtfrJcrbvIhKP/story.html Cops: Man who shot 2 Boston officers didn’t have gun license http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-boston-police-officers-shot-20161013-story.html Palm Springs Shootings The man suspected of killing two Palm Springs police officers and wounding another was wearing body armor and equipped with high capacity magazines when he was taken into …

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A Tool To Gain The Public’s Trust

A Tool To Gain The Public’s Trust By Adam A. Marshall and Katie Townsend May 15, 2015 Police departments and communities are looking to body cameras to curb police misconduct and rebuild community trust. But whether that technology, which can record what the police see, will be used to benefit the public remains to be seen. The District has become a microcosm of …