Law enforcement has been used in computer technology and has expanded substantially in the last 20 years. Given that there is an increasing power as well as diminishing cost of technology, the ever growing numbers in mobile communications infrastructure as well as the expansion of innovative applications enables law enforcement authorities to be able to carry out their tasks efficiently.
According to a survey report which are released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the USE Department of Justice local police departments are now reporting to authorities using computers for varied law enforcement functions which includes crime investigation, records management and information sharing. The much larger police departments reported with the use of computers for crime analysis as well as crime mapping and that these functions are also being automated in vast majority of middle sized agencies.
Accordingly, there is approximately 90 percent of agencies that are serving populations of about 25,000 or even more and are reported having full access to automated fingerprint identification systems and use infield computers as well. In addition to the availability of infield computers, the police officers also has access to expanding array of information which includes driving records, vehicle records, protection orders, interagency information sharing, criminal history records as well as calls for service history.
Technology and Law Enforcement Officer
The police patrol cars all throughout the United States are among those that are technologically sophisticated and well-equipped vehicles out there. The vehicles are configured with laptop computers as well as with mobile digital terminals and computers, multiband radios, in-car cameras, automated license plate readers, automated vehicle location, sirens and emergency lights. The cockpit are also created in the typical police car type.
The technology of the vehicles for police is being augmented further in that it is often carried or are worn personally by the police officer. Increasingly the police officers are also wearing or carrying variety of technologies including less lethal weapons, smartphones and body-worn video camera as well as extra ammunition, handcuffs, flashlight and other items.
Indeed, wherever you go, technology has greatly empowered officers as they operate in the field as it gives them the ability to initiate queries of different databases. The officers also increasingly are able to access and ask expanding array of databases which can assist greatly in determining the identity of a particular person that they are dealing with, the legal status of the person and the historical information of the person regarding the address where the officers are being dispatched.