US Police Testing 'Live Google Earth' To Watch Crime As It Happens

Last year, police in the US began quietly testing a system that allowed them to do something incredible: watch every car and person in real time as they ebbed and flowed around the city. Every assault, every purse snatched, every car speeding away was on record — all thanks to a company that monitors cities from the air.

Australian Police Can Catch You Using A Mobile Phone While Driving From Almost A Kilometre Away

Victorian Police now have new cameras. Shiny new cameras. Scary new cameras. These new cameras can see you doing something wrong before you even know a Police car is watching you. It can see you doing stuff like using your mobile phone while driving, for example, from a distance of 700 metres.

Good Guy Cop Pranks People By Pulling Them Over To Give Them $100

There are few things that make your stomach drop faster than seeing a police car siren in your rearview mirror. Those flashing lights almost always mean you’re in for a reaming, a possible court date or a hefty fine… unless the cop pulling you over is actually pranking you by giving you $100 for obeying the law.

Jackass Who Lasered Children's Hospital Chopper Gets 14-Year Sentence

Astounding moron Sergio Rodriguez got slapped with a 14-year prison sentence earlier this month, convicted of aiming a laser pointer at an emergency medical helicopter taking a young patient to Children’s Hospital of Central California. Remember folks, trying to blind pilots midair is a very, very bad idea.

9 Incredible Aerial Pics Of London, Seen From A Police Helicopter

London looks cool from street-level. London looks really, really cool from a helicopter — specifically from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Air Support Unit, a fleet of three that flies around providing support to the ground-bound team below. In between felony-fighting duties, the officers manage to take some truly incredible urban shots.

Australian Police Fight Crime With A Gadget Used To Scan The Tower Of Pisa

Three-dimensional scanners are one of the newest and most futuristic gadgets in a police investigator’s toolkit. These magical, handheld little devices can create 3D models of a crime scene in mere minutes. And the technology just keeps getting better.

Korean Police Training Is Absolutely Ridiculous

I don’t know what the hell is going on here. Maybe this is the normal training of all special forces in the world. It just looks ridiculous to me. Check out the video and you tell me in the comments.

Australian Police To Start Using Android-Powered Fingerprint Scanners

South Australian police are planning to roll out new fingerprint scanners to officers on the beat. Powered by Android and gear from NEC, the biometric ID units will stop suspects making false ID claims when dealing with local cops.

Queensland Passing New Laws To Crack Down On 'Facebook Parties'

Remember those laws Queensland was working on to combat so-called “Facebook parties”? They’re set to go before Parliament this week. If you’re caught running a party that has got out of hand, you’re in for the legal high-jump.

How A 1940s Gangster Film Foresaw The Surveillance Tech Of Today

White Heat is a classic gangster film from 1949, starring James Cagney. It is a thoroughly Los Angeles flick, filmed almost exclusively in the Greater Los Angeles region, including scenes shot at Warner Brother Studios in Burbank. The film is considered a classic for many reasons — but what’s interesting specifically in terms of Gizmodo is its depiction of what, at the time, cutting-edge technologies that have been adapted by the police to track down Cagney’s gang.