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  • In the UK, guns aren’t the problem, it’s knives. And attacks are surging Gun ownership is an alien concept with our British cousins across the Atlantic, but that doesn’t mean that violent crime has been reduced. In fact, with no guns readily available, though there are gun crimes in the UK, knives seem to be the weapon of choice. This isn’t surprising. The rise in knife attacks has ...
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  • Hundreds of police officers convicted in past three years At least 309 police officers and police community support officers in the UK have been convicted of offences in the last three years, figures show. Analysis by BBC home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw The offences that led to convictions include sex crimes, assaults and possessing indecent images of children. However, only 25 of the 45 forces gave figures ...
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  • UK Police use facial recognition technology on festival goers Attendees at June’s Download Festival were subjected to “strategic” facial recognition technology by Leicestershire Police, according to British police news and information website Police Oracle. The website boasted that this made the 90,000-plus attending the festival the first people in Britain to be monitored to this level at a music festival. People attending the three-day rock event ...

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  • How should the police respond to London’s knife crime injury rise? It’s not yet clear whether the worsening data represent a long term trend, but key underlying issues for the Met and the mayor remain:   Knife crime has been moving up the news agenda in grim pursuit of London’s knife crime injury graph. Labour and Lib Dem AMs have drawn attention to a rise in the number ...
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  • What happens if intelligent machines commit crimes? The fear of powerful artificial intelligence and technology is a popular theme, as seen in films such as Ex Machina, Chappie, and the Terminator series. And we may soon find ourselves addressing fully autonomous technology with the capacity to cause damage. While this may be some form of military wardroid or law enforcement robot, it could ...
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  • Facial recognition technology: How well does it work? As it emerges that the police are holding 18 million mugshots, the BBC finds out just how effective facial recognition technology is. The revelation that police are holding a database of around 18 million mugshots has provoked an examination of the balance between civil liberties and catching criminals. But how effective is the technology? Not as good ...