privacy
The Police are Testing New ‘Stop and Scan’ Powers That Let Them Check Fingerprints

Police here in the UK are set to get some new powers when it comes to stopping random people in the street. A new trial will let officers scan fingerprints of people unable to identify themselves, cross checking it with criminal and immigration databases to see if you're actually allowed to be out in the streets. Read More >>

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Police Departments in America Warn Facebook Users to Stop Allegedly Sharing a Child Abuse Video

Police departments in America are warning Facebook users that a child abuse video captioned with a vague plea to identify the perpetrator is spreading across the site via direct messages and status updates—and that sharing this nightmare chain letter or even viewing its contents is, obviously, a crime that could result in serious penalties up to and including felony charges. Read More >>

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Police Force Sells Abandoned Underpants, Creased Skirts and DVDs to Fund Operations

Here's a lovely discovery some lucky journalist has made: the official Sussex Police eBay profile, where such glorious items as unclaimed underpants, random DVDs, broken ex-police torches and Beyonce's Midnight Heat as a Valentine's treat can be bought to do your bit to help the force meet its funding shortfall. Read More >>

crime
Los Angeles Man Charged With Manslaughter Over ‘Swatting’ Death

Authorities have charged 25-year-old Los Angeles man Tyler Barriss with manslaughter for allegedly placing a hoax call that led to a Wichita, Kansas police officer shooting and killing an innocent man, the L.A. Times reported. Read More >>

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Police Force Starts Naming Drunk-Driving Accused Online

Lincolnshire Police thinks that perhaps the drink-drivers it catches aren't feeling shamed enough by their crimes, so it's taking its shaming to the next level by outing them on the internet as soon as they've been charged. Read More >>

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Britain’s Aviation Minister Explains Why We Need New Drone Laws

This week the government has announced plans to pass a new Drone Bill, which will hand police new powers to police when it comes to unmanned aerial vehicles. But what's the thinking behind the plans? Today, Gizmodo UK publishes this exclusive piece from Aviation Minister Baroness Sugg, in which she explains the motives behind the proposal. Read More >>

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Hand Sanitiser Alters the Results of Breathalyser Tests in New Experiment

If a police officer pulls you over for driving while intoxicated, you could be brought in for a breath alcohol test. If that happens, you’d better hope the test operator doesn’t slather their hands in an alcohol-based hand sanitiser, first. Read More >>

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FBI: Man ‘Thought It Would Be Funny’ to Shine Laser in Pilot’s Eyes, Crashed Car in Chase

Authorities say a California man who was arrested after crashing during a high-speed chase allegedly “thought it would be funny” to flash a laser at a police helicopter, Ars Technica reports. Such laser strikes are dangerous because they can disorient pilots and endanger their passengers and people on the ground. The FAA reports roughly 5,000 laser strikes per year around the country, though this might be the most dramatic and idiotic case yet. Read More >>

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Biggest Study of Police Body Cams Yet Finds No Change in Use of Force

A landmark new study following US police officers has found no evidence that body cameras reduce allegations of police misconduct or officer use of force. More than 2,000 police officers participated in the study, making it the largest of its kind in the US. Tracked over several months, Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers with body cameras received roughly the same number of civilian complaints as those without them and reported using force just about as often. Ultimately, the study by Washington, DC’s The Lab concluded that police departments “should not expect dramatic reductions in use of force or complaints, or other large-scale shifts in police behaviour, solely from the deployment of this technology.” Read More >>

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Police in Dubai Are Getting Real, Very Dangerous Looking Hoverbikes

Police in Dubai may soon have access to functional hoverbikes, according to AutoBlog, which reported the Dubai Police unveiled the new technology in conjunction with Russian company Hoversurf at the Gulf Information Technology Exposition last week. Read More >>

design
Police Force’s New DIY Logo Gets a Kicking

Poor old Lincolnshire Police thought it did a good thing in saving public money by whizzing up a new logo in-house at the cost of a few hundred quid, instead of paying some idiots in London with the expensive new Macs £50,000 to do it. But no, everyone thinks the DIY text-based logo with its random blue swoosh is a terrible creation. Read More >>

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Citizen, the Creepy Crime-Fighting App Formerly Known as Vigilante, Somehow Gets £9 Million

Citizen, the extremely dubious rebranding of Vigilante—an app which notifies users of 911 reports near them and encourages them to go out and shoot videos of the crimes and their aftermath—has somehow managed to acquire a new round of eight-figure funding. Read More >>

environment
Met Police Tests Hydrogen Powered Scooters

Seven lucky mounted police in London have some new rides to play with, as the city's Met Police is trialling a hydrogen-powered scooter of (a) justice and (b) ecofriendliness. Read More >>

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Kalashnikov’s Ominous New Police ‘Shield’ Looks Like Something Out of a Soylent Green Reboot

Kalashnikov Concern, the Russian arms manufacturer best known for its eponymous line of rifles used by militaries and militants alike the world over, has developed a new riot control vehicle which looks like something straight out of a dystopian hellscape, but is unfortunately extremely real. Read More >>

crime
The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit Has the Money to Continue its Kodi-Busting Operations (and More) Until 2019

The UK's Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit just got additional £3.2 million of funding from the Intellectual Property Office, which is enough to see its operations continue until 2019. Read More >>