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Technology for Community Policing, Conference Report

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77 pages
In 1996, the National Institute of Justice and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services held a series of five regional conferences that focused on how technology can enhance community policing.

The conferences featured presentations by law enforcement professionals on approaches to using technology to strengthen partnerships between the community and the police and to develop crime prevention strategies. Individual speakers including police department chiefs shared information on actions their departments have taken and technology they have used to foster community policing. Speakers discussed the evolution of police technology, how to apply the vast resources of the Internet and the World Wide Web, law enforcement and technology centers, technology as a force multiplier, organizational change and community policing, crime analysis, crime mapping and tracking, communications interoperability, technology liability considerations, and the detection of concealed weapons. Conference participants determined that police agencies need to ensure the technology they select is not created in a vacuum, that police officers need to be part of the technology design process, and that liability and constitutional issues are associated with new technology. Photographs

Date Published: January 1, 1996