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By William Schwabe, Lois M. Davis, Brian A. Jackson

This record offers findings of a learn of know-how in use or wanted via legislation enforcement organisations on the kingdom and native point, for the aim of informing federal policymakers as they think about technology-related aid for those corporations.

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This representation, which can be done as simply as placing pins in a map, is now often performed by sophisticated mapping software. An informal poll conducted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) found that 30 percent of respondents indicated they have used mapping software; however, those polled (members of the IACP’s Law Enforcement Management Information Section) “are among the more active users of computer technology; thus, a similar survey of a random sample of all police departments in the country would likely indicate a lower percentage of departments using mapping software” (Rich, 1995, p.

Trade-Offs Among TechnologiesBecause a number of different technologies could contribute to the goals of law en- 4 Challenges and Choices for Crime-Fighting Technology forcement, organizations also make judgments about which technologies they will pursue. Such assessments are, at least formally, cost-benefit calculations to determine how given technologies will contribute to public safety given the specific operating conditions of a police department. • Technology RiskThe choice to use any new technology is always attended by the risk that the technology will not perform the desired tasks adequately.

As with defense, government is the ultimate consumer of law enforcement R&D. As with medical research, the public’s health and safety is at stake. As with environmental research, the problems and questions are becoming more complex and more difficult to address without a coordinated program. As with all longer-range R&D, market failures limit the amount of private investment in the field. The fact that technology alone will not solve the crime problem is hardly a reason not to invest in the area.

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