Alameda County Sheriff's Department

5:20pm

Mon October 6, 2014
Cops & Courts

Urban Shield: Training or militarization for first responders?

Inside the Urban Shield trade show
Sandhya Dirks

For the past eight years, one weekend in late summer brings first responders from across the country and around the world -- firemen, medics, SWAT teams and police officers --  to Alameda County for Urban Shield, one of the largest law enforcement training exercises in the country.

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4:12pm

Wed August 20, 2014
Politics

How the Alameda County Sheriff's office is preparing ex-offenders for employment

Lt. Martin Neideffer oversees the Youth and Family Services Bureau Crime Prevention Unit for the Alameda County Sheriff's Office. He's involved with various programs that help inmates get training and resources before they re-enter into society. Neideffer explains that the Eden Area of Alameda County has high crime and incarceration rates and is an area of Alameda that his department is focused on improving. He joined KALW's Holly Kernan in studio.

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2:29pm

Thu January 3, 2013
Cops & Courts

East Bay Express: Drone surveillance may be unconstitutional

Courtesy of EastBayExpress.com

Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern has publicly stated that the drones he wants to buy and deploy in the East Bay would be used primarily for emergency and disaster response. However, internal sheriff's office documents show that Ahern's staffers also envision using drones for traditional police work, including "intelligence gathering" and "crowd control" during large demonstrations.

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5:38pm

Wed December 5, 2012
Cops & Courts

Controversial drones may be coming to Alameda County

The word drone may conjure up images of remote-controlled planes firing missiles and killing terrorists in Pakistan and Afghanistan. But in the US, police departments are seeking the same technology to save lives.

Alameda County’s sheriff has expressed interest in adding the unmanned aerial system to his public safety arsenal, but civil liberty activists are blasting the idea as a further erosion of privacy and an abuse of power.

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