Technological advancements and innovations have changed the game for several industries and law enforcement has not been an exception. We are seeing advancements in law enforcement technology which is increasing efficiency and enhancing public safety. Let us look at some of the new technologies in law enforcement and their functionality.
Biometrics is not an entirely new concept. Law enforcement has used its fingerprinting application for years now. However, facial recognition has introduced a new horizon beyond fingerprints. Law enforcement agents employ facial recognition software to identify suspects faster and more accurately. Further advancement will make it possible for police to identify drivers when they pull them up for traffic violations. With the focus on the Next Generation Identification program, it will become possible to collect data to assess images from surveillance cameras. All this is to show much biometrics advancements have introduced a new level of intelligence that will improve the efficiency of law enforcement
The implementation of body and dash cameras has switched the game in law enforcement. Cameras are making it possible for police to exonerate themselves from false claims. That is especially necessary amid the increased scrutiny. Body cameras also help build trust and increase transparency with the community. This new technology is not without concerns. Some departments raise the issue of a lack of privacy. Moreover, the cameras do not come cheap.
While we may not have advanced enough to have robots replacing law enforcement, artificial intelligence-based tools are helping significantly in preventing and managing crime. Strides in technology have made it possible to have databases with information on individuals and their criminal history. A digital forensics tool can be used to extract data from devices. Then using AI, it is possible to link disparate systems. New algorithms brought in by machine learning and artificial intelligence have improved investigations and allowed for better decision-making in prosecution, punishment, and detection. With AI and machine learning, it is possible to eliminate human bias from decision-making. Even so, it is necessary to exercise caution with these tools as they too have some shortcomings.
House arrest has been in the picture for quite a while. Technological strides are making it an even more viable option. Electronic monitoring systems make it possible for people with minor offenses to serve their time at home. As they serve punishment in their homes, they can stay out of jail and save taxpayers’ money.
Drones are gaining popularity in law enforcement. They were formerly commonplace with military personnel. They are now extending to police officers. Drones help in gathering evidence and for surveillance. Officers can use them to capture crash scenes images and control large crowds. Their application can also extend to other law enforcement sectors like monitoring correctional facilities and tracking escapees.
Police departments have long used GPS to track criminals. Nowadays, they use it to ensure officer safety. With new developments in technology, law enforcement agents can gather as much information and detail about a place. That goes a long way in ensuring efficiency and safety when they are on the field.
Efficiency in law enforcement has come a long way. Thanks in no small part to new technology. Leaps and innovations in technology continue to make it easier for law enforcement departments to do their jobs and protect citizens even more effectively.