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Police focus on the pros, cons of body cameras

Aug. 18, 2018 3:03 AM EDT

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Gun — check. Badge — check. Body camera — check. Clipping a video camera to his chest is not something Central Bucks Regional police Cpl. Cliff Horn ever thought would become part of his pre-shift ritual. And two years ago, when Horn, then an officer, learned the...

Minneapolis police department implements cameras on guns

Aug. 17, 2018 4:50 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A police force in a Minneapolis suburb is outfitting its officers with cameras mounted on their handguns amid calls for more transparency in police shootings. The West Hennepin County Safety Department said the cameras are significantly less expensive than body cameras. Police Chief Gary...

The Latest: ACLU blasts Portland police handling of protest

Aug. 5, 2018 11:44 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on protests in Portland, Oregon (all times local): 8:30 p.m. The head of the Oregon branch of the American Civil Liberties Union has criticized the way the Portland Police Bureau handled Saturday's demonstrations. "The Portland Police Bureau's response to protest is...

New law enforcement app helps crack down on fake IDs

Aug. 4, 2018 9:35 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Law enforcement officers in New York state are employing new, state-of-the-art technology aimed at catching underage people who try to purchase alcohol. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the Department of Motor Vehicles has launched a pilot program with an app that can instantly determine if...

Fed judge sides with Baltimore police on surveillance device

Aug. 2, 2018 4:41 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A federal judge is siding with Baltimore police in a civil lawsuit over the use of a clandestine cellphone-surveillance device. The Daily Record reports that U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake ruled Wednesday that an order obtained by police met the requirement for a warrant. Blake...

Boston to phase in police body cameras after pilot program

Aug. 2, 2018 4:41 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston plans to begin phasing in body cameras for its police department after a report found the devices led to slightly fewer complaints against officers and reports of officer use of force, city leaders said Thursday. Northeastern University researchers, who examined a yearlong test of the...

Virginia Beach police to start using body-worn cameras

Jul. 27, 2018 8:03 PM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia's most populous city are set to get body-worn cameras over the next two years. The Virginian-Pilot reports the Virginia Beach Police Department will be the last department in the Hampton Roads area to adopt the technology. The department announced Friday that...

Judge: Ex-police chief not smart enough to pull off fraud

Jul. 20, 2018 3:23 PM EDT

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania judge says a former police chief was not smart enough to pull off computer fraud. Gary Shupp faced a felony access device charge alleging he used a woman's credit card to buy Apple watches without her permission. The Citizens' Voice reports Magisterial District Judge...

Police: Machete-wielding man subdued after standoff at home

Jul. 19, 2018 11:34 AM EDT

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a man who kept police at bay for more than two hours at a Pennsylvania home threw down incendiary devices that ignited a nearby store and scorched a police patrol car. Easton police say 32-year-old Jeffrey Folkner was captured after he left the home around 1:30 a.m....

Sioux Falls police prepare to launch 30 body cameras

Jul. 18, 2018 4:29 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — When Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed by police four years ago in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, the incident sparked a national debate over the importance of officer accountability. As that discussion continues, the Sioux Falls Police Department is...