The Ann Arbor Police Department (AAPD) in Michigan has recently partnered with AI company Truleo to deploy cutting-edge artificial intelligence technology for the analysis of body camera in a move to bolster the quality of law enforcement interactions with the public.
This initiative, a first of its kind in Michigan, is set to revolutionize the way law enforcement agencies engage with their communities and address critical incidents.
Truleo’s innovative AI technology offers the capability to meticulously assess hundreds of hours of body camera footage each week.
According to the company’s website, the AI can swiftly identify and distinguish between professional behaviors demonstrated by officers, such as composed requests and clear explanations, versus unprofessional actions like the use of profanity.
Furthermore, the technology can detect crucial events like instances of use of force, providing an invaluable tool for both training and accountability.
A distinctive feature of Truleo’s AI system is its ability to ensure the privacy of civilians. The technology adeptly filters out data that might inadvertently reveal a resident’s identity, as well as any non-officer speech.
This careful handling of sensitive information not only upholds ethical standards but also positions the technology as a pivotal means of fostering trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.
Truleo’s effectiveness has been evidenced in other police departments, with a notable example being a California agency that witnessed a remarkable 36% reduction in use-of-force incidents following the implementation of the technology. This success has led to the Ann Arbor Police Department’s embrace of Truleo’s AI as its inaugural partnership with a Michigan-based law enforcement agency.
Aimee Metzer, the interim chief of the Ann Arbor Police Department, expressed enthusiasm for the potential impact of Truleo’s technology.
“This technology is tremendously exciting, and we’re looking forward to seeing the positive effects Truleo has on our department and the public,” she stated.
Metzer anticipates that this innovation could set a precedent for other departments across Michigan to adopt similar technological advancements.
Truleo’s AI proficiency extends beyond mere observation; it autonomously detects a range of incidents, including uses of force, pursuits and frisks, all while analyzing officers’ language. The resulting insights are then converted into searchable data, enhancing the agency’s ability to review and learn from critical incidents.
Anthony Tassone, CEO and co-founder of Truleo, spoke about the importance of collaborating with the Ann Arbor Police Department.
“We are proud to be working with the Ann Arbor Police Department, and are looking forward to seeing the improvements that the command staff and officers will be able to make with this new technology,” Tassone stated. This pioneering venture cements Ann Arbor’s position as the vanguard of law enforcement technological integration within Michigan.
The AAPD’s decision to integrate body cameras initially emerged in 2014, prompted by the tragic shooting of 40-year-old Aura Rosser by an Ann Arbor police officer. The initiative was further supported when the city greenlit the replacement of the cameras in 2019.
Though specifics about the timeline for the Truleo technology’s deployment remain undisclosed, the AAPD remains proactive embracing advanced AI solutions for enhanced policing to ensure community well-being.