Trainee Detectives Only Need to Have Watched Sherlock Now

Scotland Yard is about to rip up the rule book of high level policing, with the need to have served a police career before switching into the exciting TV world of the detective about to be dropped. Read More >>

Smart Car Grasses on Drunk Driver’s Smash

The driver of one of those modern "smart" cars ended up in trouble over the weekend, after he was involved in an accident. The accident was reported to the police in Northern Ireland by the man's own car, enough evidence to place him at the scene and tag him as the driver. Read More >>

Police Start Devolving Decisions to an AI-Powered App

Durham Police is about to start testing an AI-powered app to help it make decisions on whether to release suspects or keep them under arrest, one that's been fed five years' worth of offending data in order to generate a low, medium or high reoffending score. Read More >>

Police Change Rules of Engagement For Tackling Westminster-Style Vehicle Attacks

Armed police are now being told to shoot through the windscreens of vehicles in order to prevent terrorist attacks, following new instructions from the National Police Chief's Council. Read More >>

Bus Police Catch Phone-Using Drivers With Undercover Double Decker

Police in Devon have come up with a great way to combine a nice sit down with traffic policing; using an undercover double decker bus as a mobile surveillance unit to sit inside and snoop on drivers below. Read More >>

Cornish Drone Police Go Full Time

The Devon and Cornwall Police force is looking to up its drone coverage of the counties, with a job listing advertising the permanent position of drone manager -- and saying it heralds the launch of a 24/7 police drone assistance service in the region. Read More >>

New AI Could Turn Police Body Cams Into Nightmare Surveillance Tools

Time and time again, police officers shoot, and sometimes kill, civilians holding harmless objects, later claiming they mistook them for guns: a phone, a bible, and a Wii controller. In early February, police body camera manufacturer Taser announced that it had acquired the artificial intelligence startup Dextro Inc—a “computer vision” research team that claims it can use object recognition software to train officers to better discern actual threats. But privacy experts find the surveillance and profiling possibilities offered by this latest, but certainly not last, upgrade to police body cameras unsettling. Moreover, the question remains: The cameras may be getting smarter, but are they actually making the public safer? Read More >>

Uber’s Secret App for Tracking Cops Sounds Creepy as Hell

Uber’s very bad year just got worse. The New York Times is reporting that the company used secret internal software as well as good old-fashioned cyberstalking to identify law enforcement officials who were investigating Uber’s business practices. The situation is even crazier than it sounds. Read More >>

PSA: Don’t Make Eye Contact In A Police Line-Up If You’re Innocent

We've all heard that looking people in the eye is a great way to make them trust you - you seem like an upstanding human being who has nothing to hide, right? Well, chuck that out the window, because a new study reckons people who look you in the eye during police line-ups are more likely to be picked as guilty - even if they've done nothing wrong. Read More >>

UK Police Blew £20m on Paying Supergrasses

Over the last five years the various police forces of the UK have spent nearly £20m on payouts to members of their networks of informants, with the average criminal pocketing under £100 a pop for grassing up a mate and greasing the wheels of justice. Read More >>

Laser Pen Menaces Face New Government Crackdown

People who like pointing laser pens at things other than bullet points about cost savings in meeting rooms are the target of a new government crackdown, which will make it much easier for the law to punish people caught waving their magic red dot pens at aeroplanes, buses and trains. Read More >>

Report: CCTV System in Washington, DC Was Hacked Before Inauguration

City officials and the Secret Service have confirmed that just days before the presidential inauguration, police surveillance cameras in Washington, DC were targeted by hackers. Reportedly, 70 per cent of the CCTV storage devices were infected with ransomware. Read More >>

Police Suggest Wearable “Wi-Fi Jammers” Might be Better Than Prisons

Young people caught doing something bad might soon have to face a terror worse than prison -- a wearable Wi-Fi jammer that blocks all modern fun and sends them back to the 1980s. Read More >>

British Police Are Being Consulted On Carrying Guns

Could Britain's police officers soon be packing heat? The Metropolitan Police Federation has announced that it is surveying its members on whether they want to carry a gun or a taser. Read More >>

New Policemen Will Soon Need a Degree to Join up

People looking for a career in the police force will soon have to try a bit harder in school, with the College of Policing announcing a plan that'll require all new entrants to the police forces of England and Wales to hold a degree in further education of sorts before being allowed to join. Read More >>