Aurora looks to AI to monitor police behavior

The Denver Gazette: Aurora can soon begin using an AI technology that assesses police body camera audio, which proponents say will serve as a helpful tool to monitor for poor police behavior and allow the Aurora Police Department to correct it quickly.

The city council approved a $250,000 contract with the company Truleo at its Monday meeting. The company provides AI systems that analyze the audio of body-worn camera footage and can detect professional and unprofessional speech from officers – such as profanity – use-of-force events and pursuits, among other scenarios, according to the company’s website.

Councilmember Juan Marcano asked several questions of city staff about the contract, saying he sees the program’s potential benefits but had received scrutiny from constituents regarding the program’s effectiveness, as well as concerns for citizen privacy.

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