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How to train a tech-savvy security force

Don’t assume a tech training will be met with moans and groans. “Our officers always want more.” By Jared Shelly Security has long been a hotbed for the latest technology. In the 1990s, police cars were outfitted with mobile data terminals. After the September 11 attacks, police departments began using devices to detect explosives or

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The unmet promise of ‘big data’ in policing

Today’s astounding computing power offers great potential for reducing crime, but a criminologist says law enforcement has yet to find ways to fully tap it. By Vijay Shankar Balakrishnan It’s hard to imagine a nation without an organized police force, but in truth, it’s a fairly modern invention. Crime was once handled locally, often by

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When disaster strikes, civilian drone pilots swoop in

Drone pilots can help in emergencies, but they have to be properly trained. By Jared Shelly Homes burned. Offices reduced to rubble. Restaurants, schools, senior living facilities, wineries — the Tubbs wildfire did not discriminate in its path of destruction in Northern California. The 2017 disaster drew first responders, from police officers to firefighters to humanitarian

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Terrorism and psychopathology: Where do we draw the line?

It is unclear how to distinguish between authentic terrorism and mental illness. Decision-makers need to more diligently correlate counterterrorist policies with causal factors. By Louis René Beres Nowadays, too-little analytic effort in Jerusalem and Washington distinguishes between genuine terrorism – which is always connected to some conspicuous elements of the political – and violence animated

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Hurricane Florence emergency response: 160 swift boats, 2,800 Guardsman, and the Waffle House is open

Hurricane Florence made landfall this morning, bringing 90 mile-per-hour winds and storm surges of several feet to coastal North Carolina. Emergency teams from across the country—New York, New Orleans, California and more—flew in to help with the disaster effort. The Department of Defense had mobilized 9,700 troops and, most importantly, the government had ordered 1.4

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