Amazon tests using police stations as package pickup points

Lockers are already designed to deter parcel thieves, but some may now have an extra layer of security. Washington DC is the first city in the US to test Amazon lockers at police stations. This week, the Metropolitan Police Department installed the lockers at two locations around the city. The department and Amazon plan to place lockers at more stations if the pilot goes well, they say .

On the surface, teasing pirates on the porch is a logical step. It’s unlikely anyone would try to steal a package from a police station. It’s a little odd to imagine someone being released from custody just to pick up a package before leaving a police station.

Amazon already has multiple ties to law enforcement agencies. Earlier this summer, the company shared police footage from Ring cameras on at least 11 occasions without a court order or user consent. Law enforcement agencies were also able to take advantage of Amazon’s facial recognition technology for a time. The company on the police use of Rekognition in 2020 and over the past year.

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