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Before putting the technology to use, law enforcement officials are asking the public to weigh in on the policies that surround it. BY ANTONIO PLANAS, BOSTON HERALD / JUNE 20, 2018

(TNS) — Drone technology may prove to be a big help to police investigating crime scenes or searching for suspects, but Boston police want to hear from the public before any official policy is set.

“We are keenly aware of George Orwell, ‘Big Brother is watching’ — we don’t want to be that kind of brother,” said Boston police Superintendent-in-Chief William G. Gross. “We want the inputs before we write the policies. We want everybody’s opinion on what is intrusive and what is not.”

During a hearing before the Committee of Public Safety and Criminal Justice yesterday, several councilors voiced concerns about striking a balance between allowing police to utilize the latest technology — like drones and smartphones equipped with ShotSpotter — without infringing on civil rights.

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Boston Police Honor Officer Who Died In Wake Of Marathon Bombing 

WBZ CBS Boston June 15, 2018

BOSTON (AP) — An officer who died a year after he was wounded in a confrontation with the Boston Marathon bombers has been posthumously promoted.

Boston Police Department Commissioner William Evans promoted Officer Dennis Simmonds to the rank of police sergeant this week.

Simmonds was injured when a pipe bomb exploded near him days after the bombing. The explosive device was thrown by brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Watertown on April 19, 2013, as they tried to escape.

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Patriots safety Devin McCourty participates in ride-along with Boston police 

Channel 7 News June 18, 2018

BOSTON (WHDH) - New England Patriots safety Davin McCourty participated in a ride-along with Boston police over the weekend.

The longtime Patriot joined Boston police Officer Jorge Dias for a ride-along to “better understand and appreciate just how hard the men and women of #BPD work to keep our city safe,” according to a post on the department’s Twitter page that featured photos of McCourty with Boston residents.

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