Month: May 2019

Facial Recognition Technology: Where Will It Take Us?

Author(s): Kristine Hamann and Rachel Smith

Facial Recognition Technology: Where Will It Take Us?

Technology is expanding, evolving, and improving at an explosive rate. Society, including law enforcement, is struggling to keep pace with these seemingly daily developments. This paper addresses facial recognition technology used by law enforcement to enhance surveillance capabilities and the associated legal issues it raises. Facial recognition technology provides a sophisticated surveillance technique that can be more accurate than the human eye. The use of this technology to enhance public safety will only increase and improve. Nevertheless, the criminal justice system must grapple with the many novel legal issues it poses. The legal landscape is far from settled. This article is not intended to be an in-depth legal analysis; rather, the goal is to provide an overview of the technology and an explanation of the evolving legal issues that law enforcement and the legal community may confront.

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Victim Services and Crisis Training Volunteer Programs

The Pima County Attorney’s Office in Arizona has established a volunteer program for members of the community interested in assisting crime victims and people in crisis. The vetting and training process for victim advocate volunteers is very thorough to ensure high quality candidates are selected and are committed to long-term volunteer service.  The Victim Services Division currently has close to 100 volunteers, some of whom have served for decades.

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