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I’m sorry Sir, it’s against the law

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October 26, 2013
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I’m sorry Sir, it’s against the law There are plenty of arcane, not to say bizarre laws in the UK. MPs aren’t aware of wear armour in parliament. You can’t beat or shake a carpet rug in any street in the Metropolitan Police District. It’s illegal to import Polish potatoes (put on the Statute...
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Smarter Approach to Public Safety Leads to Smarter Approach across Entire City

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March 1, 2013
Smarter Approach to Public Safety Leads to Smarter Approach across Entire City

At last fall’s International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference, IBM previewed its new i2 Intelligent Law Enforcement offering. Billed as “the convenor of the ecosystem for public safety,” this new software solution promised to help law enforcement organizations bring down silos with Big Data capabilities that combined tactical lead generation, predictive policing...
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Clouded in Confusion: Demystifying Cloud Computing

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November 14, 2011
Clouded in Confusion: Demystifying Cloud Computing

It’s like water The term ‘cloud computing’ befuddles many. When computers first appeared on our desks at work, in order to do anything we had to buy software and install it on the box in our offices. Today, because everything can live in the cloud, one can literally purchase all his or her computing...
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From Internet to Interoperability: New UCLA Research to Benefit Public Safety Agencies

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March 17, 2011
From Internet to Interoperability:  New UCLA Research to Benefit Public Safety Agencies

As a former police officer with the LAPD, watching the television footage of Japan struggling to emerge from the triple disaster of an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant malfunctions strikes close to home and serves as a sober reminder about the importance of an interoperable communications system for first responders. Now that the...
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Advancing Data Sharing at the Local Level and Beyond

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November 5, 2010
Advancing Data Sharing at the Local Level and Beyond

Sharing information across jurisdictions is essential for law enforcement to keep pace with criminals and terrorists who are not limited by geographic boundaries.  More so than anyone else, local cops see this played out on their streets every day.  For example, there may be a burglary that takes place in one town and the...
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