Posts Tagged ‘Maine’

Death certificates often inaccurate

October 20, 2018

According to this article, cause of death and other information on death certificates is often incorrect — 20% to 50% contain errors based on studies conducted in several jurisdictions. Reasons seem to include lack of training, assigning the task to the lowest staffer on the totem pole, and poorly-designed forms. One result of the errors has been that survivors aren’t eligible for insurance payouts that they actually deserve. Also, violence and disease studies that rely on death certificate data are probably less valid than one might assume.

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Hitting the road for recruiting

August 17, 2018

This article reports police recruiting challenges across the country, citing the police legitimacy crisis as well as the millennial generation’s lower interest in traditional careers. The article follows the Floyd County, Georgia chief on an unsuccessful ┬árecruiting trip to Fort Benning and interviews the Portland, Maine chief about changing some hiring criteria. What would solve the hiring crunch? “Recruiters say privately that they are praying for an economic downturn or a decline in military spending, both of which would boost the cop pipeline.”

Drones for crash investigation

August 7, 2018

This article reports growing police use of drones for crash investigation. Estimates are that the overhead technology cuts the time needed to document the scene by half or even two-thirds, which saves money, reduces traffic disruption, and puts officers in less danger on the highway. This type of drone usage does not generally arouse the privacy and civil liberty concerns associated with surveillance and has been permitted in some states that have otherwise restrictive legislation.

Ransomware

September 28, 2016

This article describes and explains the cyber threat known as ransomware, in which a hacker compromises a company’s or agency’s online data and then demands a payment to fix or return the data. Several law enforcement agencies have been victims of this form of digital extortion, although attacks on corporations are certainly more lucrative.