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Body-Worn Police Cameras Growing in Popularity

Police departments and other law enforcement agencies across the country are experimenting with, or at least considering, the use of body-worn cameras for their officers. The Orlando Police Department is teaming with the University of South Florida (USF) to conduct a yearlong study using on-body cameras. The study will evaluate and compare police interactions with civilians that occur with and without camer ...

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Former NY Police, Firefighters Accused in Disability Fraud

Authorities in New York have charged 106 people – many of them former police officers and firefighters – with perpetrating a $400 million fraud against the Social Security disability system. Local, state and federal investigators said the scam began in January 1988 and proceeded under the guidance of four men: Raymond Lavallee, 83, a former FBI agent and prosecutor; Thomas Hale, 89; Joseph Esposito, 64, a r ...

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Traffic Court Tosses Case Against Google Glass-Wearing Motorist

A San Diego woman believed to be the first person ticketed for driving while wearing Google Glass has been found not guilty. Cecilia Abadie was pulled over by a California Highway Patrol officer in October 2013 and cited with speeding and driving while wearing the search engine company’s latest innovation, a tiny computer mounted to an eyeglass frame, the Associated Press reported. ...

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Immigration Deportations Down 10% in 2013

Almost 60% of the individuals deported from the United States in fiscal year 2013 had a criminal conviction, according to new statistics from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In the 12 months ending Sept. 30, ICE removed 368,644 people, representing a roughly 10% decrease over the previous fiscal year and the first year-over-year drop since President Barack Obama took office in 2008. Mexican ...

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Familiar Face Returns to Take Helm at NYPD

William Bratton was sworn in as New York City’s 42nd police commissioner on Jan. 2, marking his return to the position he held in the 1990s during the tenure of then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani. This time, Bratton was tapped to lead the NYPD by newly elected Mayor Bill de Blasio, who said he wants the veteran cop to help restore the relationship between the department and some of the city’s minority groups. ...

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Police Chiefs Call for Criminal Justice Improvements

The International Association of Chiefs of Police has teamed with the federal Justice Department and the Innocence Project to endorse a slate of measures designed to reduce the number of wrongful convictions. The 30 recommendations include the use of new guidelines for photo lineups, more cautious use of eyewitness identifications and stricter oversight of police interviews, according to a December 2013 new ...

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Report: NYPD Deadly Shootings Jumped Almost 80%

Shootings involving New York Police Department officers, whether as the shooter or the victim, rose steeply in 2012, according to a new report by the department. NYPD officers fatally shot 16 people in 2012, up from nine in 2011. Officers shot and wounded an additional 14 subjects. Meanwhile, the number of officers wounded by subjects rose from three in 2011 to 13 in 2012, the October 2013 report shows. No ...

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California Set to Hire 7,000 Correctional Officers

Faced with prison overcrowding and high retirement rates, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation recently announced plans to hire about 7,000 correctional officers within the next three years. Entry-level corrections officers can earn almost $3,800 a month, excluding overtime, according to the department’s website. Potential duty assignments include housing units, tower watch and transp ...

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