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March 28th, 2017
Every government and public safety agency is powered by digital devices, however, many organizations lose efficiencies from so many stand-alone tools.
September 12th, 2016
Around the world every day, digital data is impacting the way investigations are examined and completed. Today, mobile devices are becoming more critical for police investigations since these devices can reveal important details and insights that speed the investigation process and help to prove a subject’s innocence or guilt.
August 31st, 2016
Organizations at all levels of government are being asked to do more and more with less resources. This is especially true for forensics labs, which are tasked with keeping up with ever-growing caseloads. In the past few years, an overwhelming increase in cases has drastically affected the productivity of law enforcement and government agencies alike, especially in the context of criminal investigations. While the growth rate of technology has blossomed exponentially, investigatory teams have been able to streamline some processes to become more efficient; however, new challenges have arisen and the backlog of cases continues to mount.
August 12th, 2016
No day in a public safety organization is the same – but every day demands collaboration among colleagues and other organizations to get the job done and keep citizens and employees safe. Many agencies rely on technology to enable this collaboration to better respond to and manage resources across three core types of events that public safety officers confront:
May 10th, 2016
Statisticians in West Virginia are completing important work that helps law enforcement agencies better protect our streets and improve national security. With the largest repository of fingerprint data and criminal history, the analysis of this big data is helping to catch criminals and offer enforcement agencies across the country information on the state of crime in their communities. All of this and more is happening at the Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS), which was established as part of the FBI in 1992 and is the largest division of the agency today.
April 27th, 2016
Video holds incredible valuable for the law enforcement community; it improves public safety with live streams, helps build secure digital evidence, and has even improved law enforcement behavior. But video collection and use as evidence still poses serious challenges, especially when it comes to storage, security, and citizen privacy, especially as it all relates to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). What happens when a 2,000 person police department is distributed body cameras and dashboard cameras and the officers are recording for an entire shift? How do public safety agencies meet FOIA demands and privacy restrictions? The biggest issue is that police departments don’t have the time or resources to redact footage according to what the laws require.
February 19th, 2016
In law enforcement, the appeal of body-worn cameras (BWC) rests on the proven ability to better document evidence and increase the accountability and transparency of an officer’s actions. In one BWC study conducted over 3 years, citizen complaints in use-of-force incidents plunged by 88% to a total of three. A similar study “showed that evidence capture is just one output of body-worn video, and the technology is perhaps most effective at actually preventing escalation during police-public interactions; whether abusive behavior towards police or unnecessary use of force by police.” Yet, while the hardware that’s generating these results is readily available for procurement by enforcement and public safety agencies of all sizes, what is proving more difficult is the storage, management, and access of the data the cameras collect.
January 20th, 2016
As technology continues to infiltrate the public sector, law enforcement agencies are looking for ways to leverage the latest technologies to improve police work. Between 2007 and 2013, the use of in-car cameras grew from 61% to 68%, and today we are seeing a similar rise in the use of body-worn cameras (BWC). In fact, over the past year at least five states, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, and South Carolina have created study commissions to address issues around BWC or passed legislation related to body-worn cameras.