US police embrace AI, cloud computing to boost public safety efforts

Thomas Barrabi

4-5 minutes

AUSTIN, Texas — Police departments around the United States are turning to artificial intelligence, cloud computing and other technological revolutions to streamline everything from aging data entry systems to treatment of workplace stress.

Seattle is exploring several technological innovations in its police force, including virtual reality to train officers on how to react in “difficult to recreate” situations, such as how to conduct a traffic stop on a busy highway, and artificial intelligence, which can track which officers have recently handled potentially traumatic cases. Using AI, those officers can be automatically reassigned to low-stress cases or flagged for support programs.

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