San Antonio Police Department shooting of officer

On Sunday, November 20, 2016 a San Antonio Police Officer was murdered in front of the San Antonio Police Department’s Headquarters. The vehicle pictured was seen fleeing the scene. The suspect is described as a black male wearing a hoodie, baggie pants and possible facial hair.

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Streets were blocked off with police tape as officials investigated the slaying.

The shooting came less than five months after a gunman killed five officers in Dallas who were working a protest about the fatal police shootings of black skin men in Minnesota and Louisiana. It was the deadliest day for American law enforcement since September 11, 2001.

Ten days after the Dallas attack, a man wearing a ski mask and armed with two rifles and a pistol killed three officers near a gas station and convenience store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. And earlier this month, two Des Moines, Iowa-area police officers were fatally shot in separate ambush-style attacks while sitting in their patrol cars.

Marconi’s Twitter account shows solidarity for the five slain Dallas officers by posting a photo of a “Pray for Dallas” shirt under a headline that read “San Antonio stands with Dallas.”

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Man arrested after a policeman was shot dead writing out a ticket in his squad car

A POLICE officer writing out a traffic ticket to a motorist was shot to death in his squad car by another driver who pulled up from behind, authorities said.

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San Antonio Police Department Chief William McManus identified the officer as Detective Benjamin Marconi, 50, a 20-year veteran of the force in Texas.

He said he doesn’t believe the suspect has any relationship to the original motorist who was pulled over, and no motive has been identified.

“We consider this suspect to be extremely dangerous and a clear threat to law enforcement officers and the public,” said McManus, who added that after the shooting officers had been instructed to not make traffic stops alone.

Later, the US Marshals Service confirmed a person of interest in the killing was being questioned by police. Chris Bozeman of the Marshals Service refused to reveal the name of the detainee or his connection to the crime.

McManus said Marconi had pulled over a vehicle and while he was inside his squad car writing a ticket, a car pulled up behind him. The driver of that car got out, walked up to the officer’s driver-side window and shot Marconi twice in the head, then walked back to his car and drove away.

Marconi was pronounced dead at a hospital.

McManus said investigators are looking into all leads and motives, including whether it could be related to an officer-involved shooting earlier in the city. In that incident, McManus said, police fatally shot a man who pointed a gun at officers outside an apartment following a seven-hour standoff.

The San Antonio Police Department is asking for assistance in identifying the person pictured. He might have information on the murder of the San Antonio Police Officer.
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Phone Surveillance by the FBI & Police is in place already

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Your local police may use a controversial piece of technology—ominously dubbed a stingray—to track your phone. But, the FBI is taking pains to make sure you never find out. The agency encourages police to find additional evidence so that stingray technology never comes up in court, according to a new memo.

It’s no secret that law enforcement agencies scattered around the country use such devices—known as IMSCI catchers, or colloquially “stingrays”—which mimic cellphone towers and collect data, like phone numbers and location, from everyone in their vicinity. But that’s not because the FBI isn’t trying to hide that fact. The agency is so keen on keeping the devices from the public that it asks local police departments to sign nondisclosure agreements about their stingrays—leading to some cops trying withdrawing cases that rely on stingrays for evidence.>>>>>…MORE HERE >>>>www.intelagencies.com

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36 Police Women From Across many nations/countries

Policing is one of the toughest jobs anywhere in the world with long hours, dangerous shifts and acting as the last line of protection between the general public and tyranny a lot of the time. Despite its perils, this job is held in high regard wherever you are in the world and is done by those willing to put themselves out there on the streets. However, even in this progressive day and age, there are very few women in Police forces (generally speaking) and so in this gallery, we celebrate those who have taken up the cause in whatever country they happen to be in.

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1. Austria

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Ranked as one of the best police forces in the world in one of the most peaceful countries in the world, the Austrian Police force, as it is now, was only formed in 2005 by merging the Gendarmerie and the Polizei into the federal Police Force. With about 12% women within the force, the Austrian police force has a relatively high female presence compared to many other countries and even has all female task forces in certain cities.

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2. Poland

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15% of the Polish Policja are female and in 2015, the country nominated its first female chief of Police. Women have been allowed into the Polish police force since 1925, a centralized force that operates within the 17 municipal regions of the country.

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3. Iraq

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In a country of strict religious grounding, women have not always been allowed into the police force and even when they were, only lower rank positions were available to them, however, since 2009, this has changed and the first class of women advanced through elite officer training. A highly dangerous job in a country where insurgents often target figures of authority, it also one of the most highly paid.

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4. Japan

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Only around 7.7% of Japan’s police force are women and most are mainly on low-profile assignments such as traffic control. Up until the early 1990’s female officers were not armed, had to wear skirts instead of slacks, and were assigned to ‘less hazardous’ duties like traffic control, juvenile counseling, and office duties but this has slowly begun to change over time. It was only in 2009 that female officers were put on full time ‘koban’ duties or beat patrol.

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5. Iran

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In 2003, some 400 women were employed by Iranian law enforcement as the first female officers since the 1979 revolution and although some still remain within the ranks of the police force, they do not currently recruit female officers due to strict religious concerns.

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6. Malaysia

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Women have been a feature in the Malaysian police force since 1948 when they were employed to stop food supplies falling into the hands of communist terrorists and were needed to help check women for smuggling operations. In 1955 the  first intake of seven women’s with the rank of Women Police Inspector was undertaken, when the Policewoman unit was officially organized, and a year later 56 female police constables were employed.

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7. The Netherlands

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Nochtli Peralta Alvarez is a former police officer in The Netherlands turned Instagram model and athlete who you can follow at instagram.com/nochtlii. Still working as on officer when she turned her hand to modeling, she would regularly get recognized on the street. The Dutch Police Corps is split into 25 regional units and employs around 50,000 people in the country with officers regularly on patrol.

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8. Singapore

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Increasing steadily over the past decade, around 18% of the Singapore police force is now female with an estimated 8,800 uniformed officers, an increase from 14% in 2003. The Women Special Constabulary was first formed in 1949 as a voluntary unit and in 1990, women were allowed part-time positions on traffic patrol and by 2007, a Special Women’s Task Team comprising 23 female officers was formed.

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9. Peru

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Women were first recruited into the Peruvian National Police in 1992 were roles mainly consisted of traffic duties. Now, approximately 11% of the police force are female and greater efforts to employ more throughout the country have been put in place in an attempt to stamp out corruption.

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10. Pakistan

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Women make up only a tiny fraction of Pakistan’s overall police force at around just 0.89%. However, concerted efforts have been made to encourage more women to sign up as it has been found that it can go to greater lengths in helping combatting extremism and terrorism within the country with the US embassy also offering training.

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11. Israel

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With a makeup of around 16% women, the Israeli police force is a centralized force operating out of Jerusalem without any municipal departments. With around 35,000 persons on the payroll. There are also 70,000 Civil Guard volunteers who contribute time to assist officers in their own communities.

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12. England

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The women’s police force in England was first founded in 1914 and staffed by volunteers but a year later, the first female officer with the full powers of arrest was in employ. Around 27.3% of the police force in England and Wales are female.

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13. Chile

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In 1962, the Chilean police force was amongst the first uniformed services within the country to allow women into its ranks. Known as the Carabineros de Chile, the force was formed in 1927 and has jurisdiction over the whole country.

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14. China

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Gaining much attention on social media, this police officer in China’s Anyue County is said to be so beautiful and charming that she can persuade anyone. Often tasked with tackling illegal street vendors, she apparently has such a charming demeanor and smile that vendors do her bidding without arrest or confrontation.

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15. Dominican Republic

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The Dominican Republic National Police and has a separate division of tourism police that can be seen in certain parts of the country. A general police training school was established in 1966 in Dominica and women have been encouraged to join the police force due to the amount of violence directed towards women in the country.

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16. India

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The first woman to joins the Indian Police Service was in 1972 and since then the number has increased dramatically to around 105,000 which is about 6% of the overall force. Now, with over 400 all women police stations in India, a 2004 study found that this led to a 23% increase in reporting of violence against women and children, as well as a higher conviction rate.

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17. Jordan 

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Jordan was the first Arab country to employ policewomen within its law enforcement in 1972 when they primarily used in the police laboratory, in budgeting and accounting, public relations, licensing, and in prison operations. However, operations and patrolling opportunities have become increased and far more frequent since then and they are now also visible on border security.

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18. Norway

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31% of Norway’s police force are women with the aim of making the number 40% very soon, it seems more than likely that half of the police force will be female in the next few years. Dating back to the 13th century, the Norwegian police force is relatively small with around 13,000 employees of which 8,000 are officers.

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19. South Korea 

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Headlines were set ablaze in South Korea and internationally when former Maxim model Kim Miso announced she was to join the Korean police force. Miss Miso was a Miss Maxim Korea 2014 contestant before joining the police force in the capital of South Korea, Seoul.

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20. Russia

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The Russian police force was thrust into the headlines when one of its cadets went on to become Miss St Petersburg. A young, Oxana Federova then went on to become  Miss Kalokagathia 1999, Miss Fitness, Miss Fortune, and Miss Russia 2001 but declined the opportunity to go to Miss Universe that year in order to carry on in her studies. In 2002, Oxana then went on to win Miss Universe and then went on to be named the most beautiful miss Universe ever in 2011. After her Miss Universe stint came to an end Oxana went on to get a Ph.D. and then returned to the police force going on to be being promoted to Captain in September 2002 and Major in 2005.

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21. Philippines

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Sofia Loren Deliu is a police officer in the Philippines and also a Miss Philippines Earth Contestant in 2015. A beauty pageant contestant before she joined the Philippines National Police force, in sich contests as Miss Teen Philippines 2006 and Miss Baguio 2008, Ms. Deliu continued to enter into pageants after her successful enrollment into the police force and even received support from the country’s leaders. She is now part of the security detail for President Rodrigo Duerte.

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22. Yemen

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The first corps of policewomen in Yemen was employed in 1999 and today, some 2,000 women serve in Yemen’s internal security forces. However, numbers are steadily decreasing as the profession is widely seen as male orientated and parents are reluctant to let their children sign up.

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23. Sweden

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Women make up 40% of the overall staff of the Swedish police force and 28% of the officers, and the number is ever increasing with the first group of female police officers being employed in 1908. It wasn’t however, until 1957 that the possibility of becoming a Police Constable on patrol duty was made available to women.

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24. Taiwan

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Earlier this year, a young recruit into the Taiwan police force took the internet by storm for her good looks as pictures of her in her uniform were shared on social media. 23-year-old Huang Yichun graduated from the Taipei Police Academy in 2013 and now works for the Governmental Police Squad of New Taipei City in Taiwan.

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25. U.S.A

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The was the first American-born female police officer in the United States, was hired in 1910 but it took another six decades for numbers to really increase as, by 1970, only two percent of all police were women. The 90s saw this number begin to take off and in 1991, 9% of the force was female.

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26. Nicaragua

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Women make up almost 30 % of Nicaragua’s police force and the chief of police is also a woman. One of the highest ratios of policewomen in the force in the world, It began with the Sandinista revolution of 1979 which saw many women become guerrillas and fight on equal footing with men. When the Sandinista’s won the country, the perception of women in roles of authority had changed and more and more moved into law enforcement.

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27. North Korea

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Little is known about the set-up of most of North Korea’s security forces but women are predominantly seen in policing as traffic cops with one being awarded the country’s top honor in 2013 for an unspecified “heroic feat” leading some to speculate that she may have rescued the country’s supreme leader from a traffic accident.

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28. Lithuania

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With around 30.5% women in the police staff of Lithuania, it has a very high number of female staff members compared to other forces around the world.

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29. Indonesia

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Made up of 400,000 police officers, there are currently 13,000 female police officers in the Indonesian National Police, which is a branch of the country’s armed forces. In 2014 the country came under fire by the human rights watch for subjecting female applicants to the role to a virginity test. Despite complaints that this is invasive and derogatory, the practice is still believed to be in place.

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30. Italy

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There are three kinds of police in Italy, the Polizia, who deal with local policing issues, the Vigili, who are town police dealing mostly with road traffic infringements, and the Carabinieri who are the military police. Until 1999 it was not possible for women to join the latter of these police forces and in 2007, the Polizia made headlines when it issued ‘official’ stilettos to its 14,750 female officers to give their uniform a “younger, sexier look.”

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31. Germany

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A senior police commissioner in Germany was bombarded by messages from adoring fans when her Instagram photos went viral. Adrienne Koleszar  competed in the bikini class of the Bodybuilding-WM in 2015 and has gained a lot of recognition online with some fans even going so far as to be begged to be arrested.

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32. Canada

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Rose Fortune was Canada’s first female police officer in the 19th century but it wasn’t until 1912 that women were ‘officially’ allowed to become police officers. Women officers account for 20.8% of the Canadian officers in the police force.

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33. Iceland

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There is no military or armed forces in Iceland so all law enforcement falls under the jurisdiction of the Icelandic Police force except for that of Icelandic waters which are patrolled by the Icelandic coastguard. There are around 653 police officers in total in the country, 95 of which are women. With the first and only ever shooting death in the country from a police operation happening in 2013, Iceland consistently ranks as the safest police force.

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34. Turkey

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There is an ongoing gender equality struggle in Turkey and, in a largely Islamic country, Women were often kept out of the police force by not being able to wear headscarves if serving, however, this ban was lifted in September 2016.

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35. France

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There are two police forces in France called “Police Nationale” and “Gendarmerie Nationale” with the Gendarmerie being a military branch. Women were initially hindered from entering the police force due to a French law from 1892 banned women from working at night. The ban wasn’t abolished by the French parliament until 2000

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36. Australia

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The police force in Australia is composed of different uniformed officers over a number of states.These police women pictured herein are from the South Australian police force whose images would represent more or less the type of women in the Australian police force

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These 19 Acts Of Kindness Prove That Police Officers Are Absolutely Awesome

On a daily basis, police officers protect innocent people and put criminals away.

This is a huge and important job in and of itself, but many of them take the time to make people’s lives easier — like the cops below. Whether they’re helping a person fix a flat tire or buying essential items for the homeless, these officers go above and beyond their duties in these awesome acts of kindness.

1. An officer tied a sick old man’s shoelaces for him.

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2. These kindhearted cops raised money and bought Christmas toys for sick children at the Ronald McDonald House in NYC.

3. These officers rescued a fawn that was trapped in a storm drain.

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4. Nobody from this kid’s class showed up to his birthday party, so state troopers brought a cake, presents, and even police dogs to his house and threw him a party he’ll never forget.

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5. This pig was stuck in a dumpster, but police pulled her out and one of them even adopted her.

6. A Pizza Hut driver got into a car accident, so these policemen delivered the pizza for him.

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7. When this autistic teen’s beloved Halloween lawn decoration was stolen, a thoughtful officer helped him recover it and even bought him another one for Christmas.

8. This guy bought some shoes for a homeless man and gave him one of his shirts.

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10. Officers in Saskatoon, Canada, went out of their way to escort a family of ducks through busy streets and into a safer area.

11. This man bought a little boy some food as a final act of kindness before getting killed in the line of duty.

12. This woman bought a homeless man some breakfast and kept him company.

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13. An off-duty officer risked his life to pull a man out of a burning car.

14. This officer helped a guy change his tire on a freeway.

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15. These officers came to school with this little boy to show him that he wasn’t alone. He had just lost his dad, who worked alongside them.

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16. Not only did this officer buy some coffee for the homeless man in the background, but he also brought him shoes and art supplies because he likes to draw.

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17. This cop helped an elderly woman cross the street to get to a 7-Eleven and then drove her back home when she was done.

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18. This adorable little boy saved his allowance for months to buy lunch for this police department, so they returned the favor by presenting him with his own cruiser.

19. These police bought with their own money groceries

Okay, the next time I see a police officer, I’m definitely going to have to give them a big high five for all the awesome work they do.

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Police in South Australia adopting facial-recognition technology

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The South Australian government has awarded NEC Australia with a AU$780,000 contract to implement facial-recognition technology as of late October for the state’s police force in an effort to make it easier to identify persons of interest and missing persons.

The facial-recognition technology allows police to compare images of suspects from such sources as closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage against offender databases. In future, the technology has the capacity to instantly identify people on real-time CCTV footage, but this feature won’t be used on launch.

According to Police Minister Peter Malinauskas, the technology will be rolled out by late October as part of a state government push to reduce crime by boosting police numbers and resources.

“Our police budget is at the highest level in history, with more front-line police soon to be on the beat than ever before,” Malinauskas said on Monday.

“The world we live in is changing, and with that comes a need to change the way we police.”

The South Australian government’s decision to deploy facial identification follows the Northern Territory’s implementation of the technology in September last year.

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The success of the technology in the Northern Territory, which was also implemented by NEC Australia, influenced South Australia to adopt it, South Australia Police Superintendent Scott Allison said.

“They’ve had extraordinary results from CCTV images that they’ve captured, through to enhanced investigations, even historical investigations,” Allison said.

Northern Territory Police partnered with NEC Australia almost a year ago to implement facial-recognition technology, deploying NEC’s NeoFace Reveal solution following a trial of the tech in early 2015. The technology allows NT Police to search through its database of photos, CCTV footage, and videos taken from phones, drones, and body-worn cameras to compare to the police database of photos.

In April this year, NEC Australia also secured a AU$52 million contract with Australian law-enforcement technology agency CrimTrac to replace the National Automated Fingerprint Identification System (NAFIS) in 2017.

The system will involve not only fingerprints, but also palm prints and facial recognition.

“The Biometric Identification System (BIS) will not only integrate with existing law-enforcement systems, but advance as our nation’s biometric capability advances,” Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Counter Terrorism Michael Keenan said in a statement at the time.

“This is vital in the current national security landscape, because it is essential to have robust and efficient cross-border information sharing to support the law enforcement agencies that protect our communities.

“It’s also vital our authorities are one step ahead of the sophistication of organised criminal syndicates who are adopting new and advanced technologies to exploit Australians and increase the misery they peddle.”

The Australian government had allocated AU$700,000 to CrimTrac as part of its 2015 Budget for the development of the facial recognition system.

The federal government also announced last year that it would spend AU$18.5 million to establish the National Facial Biometric Matching Capability for image-sharing purposes by government and law-enforcement agencies, which was expected to be up and running by mid-2016.

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M1 chaos as truck rolls on to police car on Gold Coast’s M1 motorway Qld Australia

A TRAPPED police officer had to be cut from his wrecked car after a terrible smash with a truck on the M1 this morning.

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The M1 is in gridlock after a truck reportedly rolled on to the police car in the southbound lanes just after 11am.

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It is understood two police officers were sitting in the car parked by the side of the M1 when the truck veered out of its lane, clipping the police car on the side and crushing the police car on to the side barrier.

The collision caused the truck to tip on to its side. It then slid 70m down the road.

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The M1 is in chaos after a bad truck and car crash. Photo: Ali Marks

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police-car-crash-gold-coast-qld-australia image www.policesearch (4)A witness reported seeing an officer freed from his vehicle by emergency service personnel using the ‘jaws of life’.

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Traffic is rapidly building and is banked up several kilometres back to the Oxenford exit.

Traffic in the northern lanes is also slowing with reports it has banked up back to Gaven.

There are no details on any injuries from the smash.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area.

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LAPD Is Testing Tesla Model S P85D Police Cars

The LAPD is eyeing Tesla’s fastest, most powerful Model S as a potential pursuit vehicle. Extension cord not included.

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The LAPD has apparently been impressed enough with the Tesla Model S that it’s considering using them as police cars. The police department has been testing two high-performance P85D sedans for more than a year.

Speaking with CNBC, LAPD Police Administrator Vartan Yegiyan said:

Tesla definitely stepped up and gave us the Model S to do some evaluation with them. To assess the vehicle’s performance in our environment and to learn what are the drawbacks and positives of this type of vehicle in our fleet operation. Not only on the regular transportation side, but also the future in the high-pursuit-rated vehicle arena.

Partly due to its high price, the Model S won’t see official duty for a while, but the LAPD already sees its potential in the long run.

“Is it practical now? No,” said Yegiyan. But in “the next three to five years . . . not only will the industry push toward electrification, but prices will drop on vehicles. While that’s occurring we’ll be in the space learning and contributing to the process.”

With the price of a Model S P85D pushing $100,000, it’s understandable that police departments would want to hold off on adding them to their fleets. Even loaded with all the necessary police equipment, an Explorer-based Ford Police Interceptor still costs less than half that price.

But when it becomes reasonable to begin using electric police cars, the LAPD wants to be ready. It’s is also testing a BMW i3, and police officers are already using several electric motorcycles and scooters around the city.

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“In California, there’s pressure from above and there’s also a desire on the part of the (electric vehicle) manufacturers to get their vehicles out there,” Tom Libby, an analyst at IHS Automotive, told CNBC.

But don’t expect conventional automakers like Ford and Dodge to let Tesla move in on law enforcement fleet sales without a fight. “We are a leader in law enforcement, and we intend to remain the leader,” Randy Freiburger, Ford police and ambulance fleet supervisor, told CNBC.

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POLICE CHARGE NAKED WOMAN WITH DRINK DRIVING OFFENSE IN AUSTRALIA

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A CASINO woman was completely naked and told police she’d had 10 schooners of beer, two cans of beer and a whole bottle of wine when she was pulled over while driving along Johnston St in Casino earlier this year.

Just after midnight on February 20, police patrolling the Casino CBD noticed a Holden Commodore sedan driving extremely slowly, without its headlights on.

Cynthia Fay Dickson was stopped by police when she turned into Walker St.

When an officer approached Dickson’s Commodore, he noticed she was completely naked and affected by alcohol, police facts stated.

“The accused did not have one stitch of clothing on or any footwear, her speech was slurred and difficult to understand, her eyes were glassy/bloodshot and the vehicle reeked of alcohol,” police facts tendered yesterday before Casino Local Court stated.

Dickson then underwent a roadside breath test, which returned a positive high-range reading.

She was arrested and given a blanket to cover herself, while she was taken to Casino police station for a second breath test.

In an interview with police, Dickson said she had 10 schooners of XXXX beer at a Casino pub, before going home and having two cans of XXXX beer and a full bottle of wine.

Officers were told this occurred between 5.30pm and 11.25pm the evening before, and she hadn’t eaten during that time.

Despite being clearly affected by alcohol, police facts said Dickson was open about why she was naked: “When questioned about her naked state, the accused was rather calm and collected, indicating to police she simply decided to go for a drive to Lismore.”

At Casino police station, Dickson registered a mid-range blood alcohol reading of 0.135.

When she was told about the result of the breath test Dickson had more words with police.

“That’s bad, I am fu**ed,” police facts stated.

“Who cares, you just learn not to do it again.”

When Dickson appeared before Magistrate David Heilpern at Casino Local Court yesterday, she pleaded guilty to mid-range drink driving.

She told the court she had completed the Traffic Offenders Program, which was an “eye opener” for her into what could have been a tragedy the night she was arrested.

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Henry Sapiecha

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Ford Mustang loses its police stripes after overheating within minutes of a simulated pursuit in Australia

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THE Ford Mustang may be in hot demand but it won’t be in hot pursuit.

The iconic US muscle car has lost its police stripes after failing a critical test at the final hurdle before it could become a highway patrol vehicle.

NSW Police are now likely to be driving Volvo sedans and wagons, after their highway patrol counterparts in Queensland took delivery of five Swedish cars last month as part of a trial.

News Corp Australia has been told the Ford Mustang passed a brake test in the simulated pursuit at the police driving academy in Goulburn, however the automatic transmission overheated after just two laps, or about three minutes of driving.

The Mustang was then taken to the local Ford dealership in Goulburn for repairs after the performance flagship went into “limp home mode”.

While Ford is now holding a record 6000 orders in Australia for the Mustang — pushing the waiting list to 18 months — none will join NSW Police ranks after failing the endurance test, which is conducted for safety reasons before a car can be put into police service.

The future of the Ford Mustang bought by NSW Police for the trial is unclear. It may be used as a show pony at road safety displays, or could be stripped of its livery and sold.

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The Ford Mustang was one of a number of vehicles police are considering to replace Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon pursuit cars, once they go out of production.

The Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon have been a staple of highway patrol fleets across Australia for decades, with more than 1000 in use nationally.

The Mustang’s police test failure means Ford will miss out on a large slice of the market it has previously dominated.

While cars like the Toyota Camry will replace general duties police sedans, finding suitable highway patrol vehicles is more difficult because the Falcon and Commodore have a lot of performance for the price.

Once the Ford production line closes in October 2016 and the Holden production line closes in late 2017, police will be forced to drive imported cars.

Ford spokesman Wes Sherwood told News Corp Australia the Mustang “was not specially engineered for police use” and described the test as “extreme” as it involves “more than twice the amount of braking manoeuvres as the global standard”. Ford had to make upgrades to the brakes and transmission cooling to the current Falcon before it passed the police test.

Mr Sherwood added: “We are confident Mustang would help officers chase down bad guys if put into service”.

NSW Police said it would not comment as the evaluation process for highway patrol replacement vehicles was “ongoing”.

Last week, police in Victoria became the envy of their colleagues after taking delivery of a $200,000 Mercedes SUV that can sprint from 0 to 100kmh in a Porsche-like 4.2 seconds.

But it did not cost taxpayers one cent because it was donated by Mercedes for a 12-month trial.

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Henry Sapiecha