Disused Police Station Turned into Cannabis Farm

Some hardworking young business people have been at it again with the drug-growing paraphernalia in public spaces, this time ironically taking over a former police station to turn into a cannabis production factory. Read More >>

Software Update Caused Hundreds of Police Ankle Monitors to Go Dark

Like a scene out of a dystopian police state film, a failed software update caused hundreds of ankle monitoring devices in the Netherlands to go dark from police surveillance on Thursday. Read More >>

Scottish Police Target Drivers Getting Too Close to Cyclists in the Inventively Named Operation Close Pass

Scottish police have taken to their bikes to catch motorists who drive too close for comfort. The plain clothes officers are the perfect bait to catch drivers who don't leave the required safe passing distance of 1.5 metres when overtaking. Read More >>

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Police Facial Recognition Tech is Branding Citizens as Criminals 96 Per Cent of the Time

The controversy over the use of facial recognition technology – particularly by the police force – has been bolstered by the recent discovery that it has a rather pathetic four per cent success rate. Read More >>

Imagine Getting Pulled Over By This Tablet on a Stick

It’s a far cry from the badass cyborg who served and protected in the movie RoboCop, but this bizarre extending robot can assist with traffic stops and promises to help make such roadside interactions safer for both police officers and motorists. Read More >>

Police Want Rape Survivors to Hand Over Their Phones

Survivors of sexual assault in England and Wales will now risk having their case dropped if they don’t hand over their electronic devices to police, giving law enforcement access to some of their most intimate personal data. Victims also risk being charged with entirely separate crimes if they choose to comply. Read More >>

Irritating Drone Owners Warned to Keep Their Toys Away From Trains Too

Drone owners have found a new way to annoy the rest of the population; bothering trains now too. This development is being talked about in serious voice fashion by Network Rail and British Transport Police, who say a rogue pilot endangered the timely running of a heritage service as it ran between Farnborough and Woking earlier this month. Read More >>

US Federal Agents, Police Are Using Google’s Location History Feature to Track Down Suspects

American law enforcement queries of Google’s massive mobile device location tracking database, which employees call Sensorvault, has “risen sharply in the past six months,” the New York Times reported on Saturday, citing sources at the company. Read More >>

A Silent 999 Call Will Not Save Your Life

The police are urging people not to assume that a silent call to 999 will get you the help you need, because it won't. Read More >>

Report: Man Arrested for Threatening Google Didn’t Know His Wife Deleted His YouTube Account

A YouTuber arrested on Sunday by Mountain View, California police for suspicion of threatening Google drove all the way from Waterville, Maine – a cross-country 3,000 mile trip – to confront staff for allegedly terminating his account on Google subsidiary YouTube – unaware that it was actually his spouse who deleted it, BuzzFeed News reported on Tuesday. Read More >>

New York Police Now Have an Automated Tool to Help Them Recognise Patterns in Crimes

The New York City Police Department has developed a pattern-recognition tool called Patternizr to sort through mountains of files related to “hundreds of thousands of crimes logged in the NYPD’s database,” the Associated Press reported on Sunday. Read More >>

Former Cop in Australia Jailed for Using Police Databases to Look Up Tinder Dates

An ex-cop in Western Australia has been jailed for six months for using police databases to snoop on the records of dozens of women he’d encountered on dating sites like Tinder and PlentyOfFish, Australia’s ABC News reported on Friday. Read More >>

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Man Hiding Face From Police Facial Recognition Test Fined for Telling Cops to ‘Piss Off’

On Thursday, Metropolitan Police trialled a face recognition system in the East London town of Romford. The technology led to three arrests, according to The Independent. One individual was fined after an altercation that reportedly stemmed from his response to the facial recognition technology. Read More >>

Drone Expert Obviously Saw the Gatwick Shutdown Coming

A prominently placed industry insider within the drone universe saw all the Gatwick fuss coming, he says, adding that Gatwick should've done more to prevent the airport outage from happening and really ought to have got up and running again in less than three days. Read More >>

Home Office Gives Police More Powers in War on Drones

Whoever had their fun with a drone at Gatwick is about to hand loads more anti-drone powers to the police, as the Home Office has announced the results of a consultation into What To Do About Drones. And the answer seems to be palm more controls off on to the police. Read More >>