This virtual 10-year-old-girl just outed 1,000 sexual predators

A Dutch organization called Terre des Hommes has identified some 1,000 alleged child-sex predators by luring them in with a computer-animated prepubescent Philippine girl on Internet chat rooms. The online victimization of children, it would appear, is far worse than imagined. » 11/05/13 8:40am 11/05/13 8:40am

The 12 Best Cops of Science Fiction

They are the peacekeepers. They uphold the law. They protect us from those who would do us harm. And they do it all with nothing more than a badge… and a robot… or perhaps a spaceship… or maybe even superpowers. These are the dozen best fictional police officers in the universe, and we appreciate them for their… » 10/08/13 10:15am 10/08/13 10:15am

Strange Snapshots Of Police and Emergency Services From the Past

Over the past century, our methods for fighting crime and responding to emergencies have changed dramatically. These photographs of early police and emergency responder forces capture another age, whose sometimes absurd and sometimes amazing practices are long gone. » 9/25/13 3:32pm 9/25/13 3:32pm

Meet Lady Cop, the most underrated comic book hero of all

When it comes to DC Comics superheroines, characters like Wonder Woman and Batgirl are the publisher's marquee crime-smashers. But there's one take-no-guff caryatid of law and order whose exploits — which you can count on one hand — have been consigned to obscurity for over sixty years. » 9/18/12 10:20am 9/18/12 10:20am

In the future, cops may use a breathalyzer to find out where you were…

Every breath of air you breathe is swarming with untold numbers of tiny molecular compounds. By the time you're ready to exhale, many of these compounds will have swapped places with molecules in your body via your lungs. Through this exchange, these molecules wind up telling a story of where we've been and the sorts… » 9/28/11 1:40pm 9/28/11 1:40pm

Australian police want aerial surveillance drones to track license…

With hackers, DIYers and the military using them for years, domestic police forces the world over are apparently itching to get some surveillance drones of their own. Now Australian authorities have discussed using drones alongside a new license plate recognition system, autonomously tracking vehicles of interest. » 9/24/11 10:00am 9/24/11 10:00am

Social media and biometric software could make future undercover…

Social media can be problematic for professionals who don't want their bosses to see unflattering college party photos. But it's even worse for people whose livelihood literally depends on anonymity, like undercover cops. What happens if the gang you've infiltrated finds your grinning mug in Facebook photos from the… » 8/27/11 3:20pm 8/27/11 3:20pm