By Sylvia Longmire
Contributor, In Homeland Security
While negative sentiment aimed towards municipal police officers has been gaining momentum in roughly the last two years, there is one agency—much larger than any US city’s police department—that has borne the brunt of disproportionate criticism for its enforcement actions for decades: the US Border Patrol. Many police departments have opted to require officers to wear body cameras as a way to increase transparency and accountability, and also as a way to protect officers from false allegations of abuse.
By Glynn Cosker
Managing Editor, In Homeland Security
One of the biggest takeaways from last week’s 10th Annual Homeland Security Week conference in Pentagon City, Va., was the fascinating subject of biometrics and the new mobile devices on offer to quickly obtain and analyze personal data from an individual.
Biometrics are technologies that capture and confirm the identity of people by analyzing their physical characteristics and comparing those attributes to records found in a database.