Future of Policing
The advancement in technology is one of the major contributors in the future of policing. Our police force has came along way with the advancements of the computer, cell phones, internet and even the television. There are also new areas of policing that aid in helping the police force serve and protect the citizens more efficiently such as database and information technology, computer-aided dispatch and mobile computing.
The use of database and information technology is being used today in order to help police officers retrieve and store amounts of information more quickly. (Grant and Terry, pp.501, 2008) Also, with the ability to use the computer aid officers are able to gain access to information from different variety of sources. (Grant and Terry, pp. 501, 2008) Being able to share information is an important aspect of today's police force as well as the future of policing. The National Crime Informative Center is ran by the FBI and allows most agencies the ability to share information with another. (Grant and Terry, pp. 507, 2008) After 9/11 many agencies have limited the access and the sharing of information because of terrorist activity. By being able to have other agencies report information to the FBI it provides other agencies to retrieve the needed information upon demand. (Grant and Terry, pp. 507, 2008)
Another area in policing that will play an important role in the future of policing is the duties and functions of crime analysis. These individuals will allow different police organizations to make decisions that are more organized and decisions based on evidence rather than the normal guesswork. (Grant and Terry, pp. 508, 2008) Crime analysis will also help in deciding future criminal activity, the supporting of the officers who are on patrol, and investigators upon making decisions. (Grant and Terry, pp. 508,...