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Law enforcement groups back legislation proposed by Texas Sen. John Cornyn following Kaufman County killings
The Dallas Morning News
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn came to Dallas to drum up support for legislation that he says will deter criminals who may seek to harm or kill prosecutors, judges, law officers or other public safety officials. Cornyn, R-Texas, proposed the legislation, entitled the Line of Duty Act of 2013, earlier this month following the unprecedented killings of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and one of his top prosecutors.
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Law enforcement officials fault drone bill
The Texas Tribune
State Rep. Lance Gooden's bill to prevent unmanned drones from capturing indiscriminate surveillance — a measure that has more than 80 co-authors in the House — might hit the lower chamber soon. But the bill is facing opposition from some law enforcement officials who suggest that local police departments and other authorities should be exempt from the measure.
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Police discover unexploded bomb in Austin business district
The Raw Story
Fire investigators in Austin said that they need the public's help finding whoever created an unexploded bomb discovered in a business district on the northwest side of the city. The device was discovered behind the Springwood Business Complex on Pond Springs Road by a woman walking her dog on April 22, police said.
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Tim Dees: The technology that helped nab the Boston bombers
PoliceOne
Former police officer and law enforcement trainer Tim Dees writes: "As tragic and terrible as the Boston Marathon bombing and the crimes that followed it were, this will be remembered as one of law enforcement's finest hours. Officers and agencies at all levels of government came together to protect the public and kill or capture the perpetrators in four days. Technology played a big role in aiding the police operation."
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Modern technology keeps officers, suspects safe
Journal and Courier
Patrols as a police officer today are a far cry from the job it was when Tippecanoe County, Ind., Sheriff Tracy Brown got his start back in 1984. "I remember the days of nightsticks and [weighted-knuckle] gloves, and basically, if you were in a fight, you hit that person with what you had on your belt at the time," he said. "You had that option, and you had a firearm, and that was it. There was nothing in between." The physical toll the job takes on police still exists, but thanks to modern technology, officers now have more tools at their disposal to regain control of a potentially dangerous situation.
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Could your smartphone help police track gunfire?
The Atlantic Cities
Gunfire gives off a certain sound, a combination of muzzle blast that's recognizable by the human ear and the resulting shock wave from the moving bullet that's more easily detected by technology. Put up enough sensors in your city, and you can filter for the sound of gunfire and even triangulate the source of it. Police departments have been trying to do this since the 1990s, typically with sensors deployed at intersections that can alert law enforcement of an incident even before phone calls to 911 do.
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Police body cameras shine light on truth
New Haven Register via West Hartford News
Body cams may well be the next big change in policing. A number of departments already have started using them, and some chiefs say it's only a matter of time until every officer in the country is equipped with a camera. Advancement in technology and the lower cost that goes with it means officers can add to their gear lightweight cameras that will allow them to record their interactions with the public.
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The technology that helped nab the Boston bombers
PoliceOne
Former police officer and law enforcement trainer Tim Dees writes: "As tragic and terrible as the Boston Marathon bombing and the crimes that followed it were, this will be remembered as one of law enforcement's finest hours.

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Social media is helping, hurting investigators
WTVR-TV
Police say social media is like a catch-22 during major investigations.

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Brazos County sheriff wants M16s after College Station shootout
Houston Chronicle
A shootout that left three people dead and four injured near Texas A&M University last summer has Brazos County Sheriff Christopher Kirk looking to outfit his deputies with M16 rifles.

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Police-scanner sites see surge in traffic after Boston
CNN
During the fertilizer plant explosion in Texas that claimed 14 lives and the Boston Marathon bombings and subsequent manhunt, dispatchers' static-filled audio feeds offered periodic clues about what was happening on the ground. Listeners hungry for the most up-to-date police reports didn't need a scanner to keep up with the news — many scanner feeds are available online, while some Twitter users type out what they hear on scanners in real time. Technology has given people more access to what's being said on scanner feeds, often to the dismay of law enforcement agencies worried about the spread of misinformation and criminals eavesdropping on authorities' tactical plans.
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Despite safer border cities, undocumented immigrants flow through rural areas
NBC News
On a helicopter inspection tour above the rugged mountains and vast desert in southern Arizona, Commander Jeffrey Self of U.S. Customs and Border Protection reflected on how much security has improved along the U.S.-Mexican border during his long career. "After the vehicle barriers were built, and with the checkpoints going up, we're experiencing zero drive-throughs in an area where we were having 30, 40, 50 in a 24-hour period," he said, pointing to miles of vehicle barriers placed in the desert along the frontier.
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