How new technology caused a 36% drop in use of force by officers in this CA police department

Police departments across the US are using a new AI program called Truleo to analyze officers' bodycam videos and prevent problematic behavior. CNN's Vanessa Yurkevich reports. #CNN #News


  1. AI in monitoring LEOs is inevitable. Will it be perfect? No. But then neither are LEOs on their own. From what I can tell this software requires that LEOs keep their body cams on every minute of a citizen encounter. That right there is a major improvement to what we have now, where officers routinely turn off their body cams or mute their audio when they feel they are in an situation that may make them look bad or get them in trouble. I hope the day is coming when we have a federal law requiring body cams to be left on, and turning them off is grounds for termination.

    1. I think, actually I know it is simply possible to disable user control and enable something like motion/voice activation with preset end times, say 30 minutes. Also already able to set focus alerts for weapon detection etc.

    2. They have to be able to turn it off to use the bathroom, or take lunch. They are not paid for their lunch breaks, so the state cannot film them then.

    3. @Cheryl McNutt I’m not talking about the body cam running all shift, continuously. I’m talking about once a stop is initiated. Virtually every video of police stops I have watched show the officer radioing in to dispatch that he/she is making contact with a civilian, the place of contact and the reason for the contact. This call-in should be the point that the law requires body cams (audio and video) to be turned on and left on until the contact is terminated. Period. The law. If the officer mutes audio or turns the body cam off at any point in the stop, A. the officer faces disciplinary charges and B. Defense attorneys can use this violation to have the charges dismissed. I’ve see so many videos now of one officer signaling or even telling other officers out loud on video to turn off the body cams, it make me sick. It’s a blatant abuse of power and obstructing justice in my book.

    4. @GrayBeard_gamer Great point on turning on the camera at the point of interaction and keeping it on until it’s over… A few years ago I was in a car accident at the state line between Indiana and Michigan (not my fault as a guy cut me off, but then it’s not really his fault too because there was a hay stack dropped by a tractor on the highway so he had to swerve and cut into my lane to save himself) which totally wrecked my car so got a lift to a hotel by a police officer. This was night time already and I was an out of stater. While he drove me to the location he was always in radio contact with either the dispatcher or some supervisor(?) logging his every move, like that he’s taking me to the garage where my car is at to get my luggage, when we are leaving the garage, and when we have arrived at the hotel. These are their routines. Well at least it was that particular police dept’s routine anyway. Thus calling in to dispatch and turning on the camera at the “point of interaction” with a citizen is second nature, not out of the ordinary where the officer would forget.

  2. Great stuff; body armor was great stuff, locomotion was great stuff. It has the potential to enhance the “Serve and Protect” in law enforcement. FWIW ‘Serve and Protect’ does not preclude enforcement. Those intent will have to find other ways to perform battering on others.

    1. serve and protect is just an ad slogan on a car door. cops have no legal obligation to protect anyone.

    2. Cops don’t actually “serve and protect”, that’s just COPAGANDA. It’s been ruled in multiple courts that cops are NOT legally obligated to (1) protect or save lives, (2) investigate or solve crimes, (3) protect or recover property, so basically, cops don’t actually have to do _any_ of the things tax-payers are paying them to do, they don’t really _have_ to do ANYTHING at all if they don’t want. (Which is why they get bored and hunt innocent people for fun. 😒)

  3. Some of the trucking companies I’ve worked for have forward and backward facing cameras that can recognize things like stop-signs and traffic lights as well as the direction the driver is facing and if he or she is using an electronic device while in motion. I’m as truthful as possible so I never had any issues with these AI systems.

    1. I did see too, as a truck driver, even if you follow too close it triggers video recording right away

  4. It will save careers. Great point. Ongoing training about interactions with the public is a winning strategy for ANY entity.

    1. @shay stern It’s hardly surprising; I’ve seen many cases where dirty cops harmed innocent people then expressed more concern about their jobs than their victims. 😠

      For example, that cop who was drunk-driving and hit a couple from behind, then they pulled into a parking-lot, and when the boy got out to inspect the damage, the cop slammed on the gas and smashed him between the two vehicles. Apparently when he tried to eliminate the witness to his drunk-driving accident, he forgot the boy’s girlfriend was there too (and he forgot that he left his gun at home). When they were booking him (and going extremely easy on him despite what he did, and trying to give him every opportunity to help him like repeatedly reminding him he can remain silent and can request a lawyer 😒, the cop kept whining about how close he is to retiring and worrying about losing his job and NEVER ONCE asked about the kid he tried to kill. 😠

  5. Let’s hope it is adopted nation wide as there are too many police officers who misuse their authority every day.

    1. If by “too many”, you mean MOST, then yes. I’m not being hyperbolic; I don’t think it’s inaccurate to say at this point, that more than 50% of cops are bad. I’ve seen over 1,000 dirty-cop videos from just since 2020 in the past few months, and those are just the ones that were caught and just the ones that made it to those YT channels and just the ones _I’ve_ seen, imagine how many more there actually are.

  6. Lucky those who have AWM23K right in time, unlucky those who think it’s meaningless. There’s a reason why so many would write about it no matter where you lookin’ at

  7. With the struggles being very real I’m happy that AWM23K is having its own word against that. Can’t deny that it will mark the next generations to come. No spam bro just honesty

  8. Using AI for this is amazing. But they need independent analysis who can also ensure accountability. Again, it shouldn’t be police looking at themselves.

    1. I agree, it shouldn’t ONLY be police policing themselves. There should be independent oversight as well, to keep them honest.

    2. The phrase “the police investigated themselves and found no wrongdoing” has become a MEME in the comment sections of dirty-cop channels. 😒

  9. So if cop’s actually have oversight and accountability they don’t assault people as often – wow who would have thought 😂

    1. Except this doesn’t actually accomplish that. All this does is to fire off an email to their superior, who will just ignore it unless someone files a complaint, in which case, they’ll “accidentally” delete it. So nothing will change. 🤷

  10. We need this, this is going to piss off majority of police dept just because most of them hate being told if they are doing good or not.

  11. Could we also utilize AI to educate future or current offenders to behave normally and within boundaries?

  12. All investments into law enforcement should be mandatory to deploy video cameras that are recording at all times during a shift. And the cameras should be placed on body parts that are not obscured by using radios or other equipment to disperse policing actions. Like pulling a firearm and obstructing the view of the actions taking place. Or using a body mounted radio that is located on the body that causes the officers to reach across the recording device. And if an officer crosses their arms and obstructs the recording device. And any recording of a citizen who is being accused of a crime by the authorities should have the video evidence presented to them by the authorities immediately so they can provide the evidence to their attorney or the media to prevent misinformation about them from being released to the public corrupting their right of being innocent until proven guilty by the court of law.

  13. I love the comment that this subscription for departments is affordable if they budget for it. Sounds like something a Used Car salesperson would say. 😂

  14. It sounds like the training that police offices receive at the academy isn’t adequately preparing them for real encounters and this system is pointing that out.

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