$10,000 immediate-use scholarship will help defray education costs for peace officers wounded in the line of duty 

10k scholarship PR imageNew York, NY — BrickHouse Security, a premier supplier of surveillance and security solutions to consumers, the law enforcement community and government agencies, announced a new scholarship program that gives back to those who have given so much.

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Jake Gyllenhaal & Michael Peña wear mini cameras in a scene from 2012's End of Watch.

Jake Gyllenhaal & Michael Peña wear mini cameras in a scene from 2012′s End of Watch.

Gun? Check. Badge? Check. Mini Camera? Check. These days, many police departments are turning to body worn mini cams to capture full details of officers’ interactions with civilians. And in one California city, reported results have bordered on miraculous.

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With last week’s Supreme Court ruling on GPS tracking by police, privacy in the digital age is getting more and more attention. The next issue the justices might have to tackle is whether or not it’s constitutional to use other forms of surveillance — including mobile body scanning technology, which the New York Police Department is set to begin testing this year.

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When you hear about crime prediction software, you might picture something akin to Minority Report, where people are arrested before they even commit a crime. In reality, crime prediction software is a useful tool that calculates where a crime is most likely to occur and sends officers to patrol those areas more frequently.

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We’re not sure how the following story could have seemed like a good idea to anyone, in any state of mind; but it sure does make for an interesting read. Two New Jersey men, 21 and 22 years old, left a party in suburban Philadelphia and came across an unmarked police van typically used for transporting offenders to and from prison.

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For a small Mississippi police department made up of about 5 on-duty officers, they can use all the help they can get. Thankfully for the Walls police department, this help comes from a small piece of technology that goes for under $100, and has saved the department countless man hours, making protecting citizens and fighting crime much easier.

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Whatever ever happened to the good ol’ days where getting pulled over just meant you would get a speeding ticket, or if you’re lucky, just a warning? Well, if it’s up to the Michigan State Police, those days are not only long gone, but a speeding ticket is now reason enough to harvest all the information possible on you, including all of your e-mail, social networking, texting, personal photos, and virtually anything else you might have on your cell phone, or in many cases, your smartphone.

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cctv_1405281cThe Public Security Ministry in the State of Israel has announced that they will be setting up CCTV systems in many of Israel’s cities. These surveillance systems will be part of the City Without Violence program which has the goal of deterring criminals, terrorists, and making it easier for Israeli authorities to more efficiently track down these criminals.

The cameras will be mounted in industrial zones, residential neighborhoods, schools, major intersections, and parks, but the Ministry spokesman promises that the CCTV systems will not adversely affect individual people’s privacy.

This new surveillance network initiative is part of a 5 point plan that Prime Minister Netanyahu started last year in order to reduce violence. The plan also includes limiting alcohol sales at night, harsher penalties for violent crime, and anti-violence education in schools.

(Via Israel National News)

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