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N.Y. State Police Using SUVs to Spot Texting Drivers

The New York State Police are now using 32 tall, unmarked SUVs to spot drivers who are texting while behind the wheel.

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N.J. Bill Would Allow Police Cell Phone Searches After Accidents

A state bill in New Jersey would allow police officers to search the cell phones of drivers at accident scenes to determine if they were talking or texting before the crash.

Tactical Texting Ends Utah Hostage Standoff

SWAT officers with the Roy (Utah) Police Department ended a hostage standoff late Tuesday by sending a series of text messages to the suspect using another man's cell phone.

Verizon Announces 911 Texting Service

Verizon Wireless is rolling out a 911 texting service that would allow its customers to send a 911 text message if they're unable to make a voice call. This enhanced SMS service is geared toward Verizon customers who are deaf or hard of hearing or who could be placed in additional danger by speaking.

Stalking on Campus: A Silent Epidemic

Twenty-four people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States, and a significant portion of these individuals attend, are employed by or are patients of universities, K-12 districts and hospitals.

NTSB Recommends Nationwide Ban on Driver Cellphone Use

The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended a nationwide ban on driver use of all portable electronic devices in a vehicle, including hands-free devices. Exceptions would be devices that assist the driver in getting to a destination and for use in emergency situations.

N.Y. Troopers Issue 816 Texting Tickets Over Holiday Weekend

New York State Police cracked down on texting drivers, issuing 816 tickets over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend during "Operation Hang-Up."

Nixle Reboots Text Messaging Service for LE

The Nixle Connect SMS text-messaging service is now being offered at no charge to agencies. Earlier this month, Nixle rolled out its Dial and InterConnect "add-ons" that expand its capabilities when the mission is on the line.

Utah Agencies Launch Text-Tipping Tool

More than 50 law enforcement agencies in Utah have launched the TipSoft anonymous crime tipping tool to allow the public to send tips through their phone or computer.

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Chicago Allows Citizens To Text Photos, Video To 911

The images are sent to the Chicago Police Department's crime-prevention information center, which reviews them to see whether they should be distributed to first responders or detectives investigating the incident.

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