Today, law enforcement agencies look to technologies, such as body-worn cameras, to reduce crime. However, while body-worn cameras provide public safety benefits, they also create a new type of public safety challenge: data security.
Members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform criticized the General Services Administration for its inability to accurately track the inventory and status of donated surplus firearms to local law enforcement agencies.
Customs and Border Protection, the nation’s largest law enforcement agency, has been testing body worn video cameras for its officers, putting it ahead of other agencies mired in camera rule making. CBP Commissioner Gil Kerlikoswke gives Federal Drive with Tom Temin an update.
As terrorism threats rise, the federal-state-local law enforcement relationship is growing more important. Patrick Doyle, a former New Jersey State Police officer now with Unisys, told Federal Drive with Tom Temin that feds remain the second responder
Kshemendra Paul, the program manager of the Information Sharing Environment, said the organization’s annual report to Congress demonstrates a maturing and sustainable set of frameworks and policies.
Law enforcement agencies are faced with the challenges of securely storing and managing ever-increasing volumes of data while keeping up with the growing demand for technology that can improve public safety. To address these challenges, law enforcement agencies are looking at moving to the cloud.
The 1033 program contributes only a fraction of the federal resources that result in what some believe are overly militarized local police departments.
Lawyers at the Homeland Security Department are trying to address privacy concerns now so that DHS can use big data to stop national security threats without running afoul of the law.
The improved sharing of law enforcement and homeland security information is having the intended effect — 10 years after Congress created a new office to lead the effort. The impact of all the changes can now be understood more than a year after the tragic and deadly attack at the Boston Marathon. Kshemendra Paul is the program manager of the Information Sharing Environment. He told executive editor Jason Miller on the Federal Drive about how the response to the Boston Marathon attack, and other examples, shows just how much progress has been made over the last decade.
The TSA Office of Inspection Accountability Act of 2014, sponsored by Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), would no longer classify some Transportation Security Administration agents in the Office of Inspection as law enforcement officers.