Posts Tagged ‘Iowa’

New fingerprint algorithm

November 1, 2017

This article and this video report a new fingerprint algorithm developed by the FBI that has so far identified over 200 bodies of unknown persons recovered decades ago. The technique substantially improves the hit rate on low-quality and single-finger prints.


Transparency or public relations?

October 26, 2017

This article reviews police practices in releasing body cam video, noting a tendency to promote positive stories while refusing to provide video in situations where actions might have been improper. This pattern risks hurting police legitimacy if the public comes to believe that officials are cherry-picking what to release rather than truly honoring transparency.

Donut disrespect, donut discriminate

April 22, 2017

The news feed/video section of the Ames, Iowa police department’s Facebook page has several informative and entertaining segments. See especially “Spring Campaign 2017 Launch #2.”