Innovative technology is infiltrating nearly every industry, and law enforcement is no exception. The good news is that police departments across the country are using these advancements to make law enforcement more effective. The ultimate goal for most departments is to improve officers’ policing abilities and to reduce crime simultaneously. While there are many new innovations on the horizon, here’s a look at the top three technologies that departments are already using.
As Future Grasp says, it was only a matter of time before Artificial Intelligence (AI) found its place in law enforcement. This emerging technology can filter through massive amounts of data at rapid speeds. It then analyzes this data looking for certain patterns and behaviors in an effort to predict possible future crimes. For example, AI technology can analyze data on home invasions to predict which neighborhoods in a specific area are at a higher risk of crime. Police can then use more resources to monitor these neighborhoods. Some counties are using this predictive technology to determine a person’s future threat risk when setting bail.
Virtual reality is changing the way police departments and police academies train their officers, particularly when training police officers how to drive in high-risk situations. Often, VR simulators are used to help in this training. According to L3 Technologies, these simulators provide hands-on, experiential training for patrol officers, offering experience without risk to people or equipment. It really is a win-win innovation for both the police officers and the communities they serve. This new technology allows police officers-in-training to experience realistic situations without risk of injury. Trainees can identify where they make mistakes, learn how they could have handled the situation better, and improve their overall skills. The idea is that the more practice officers can have through virtual reality simulation, the more equipped they will be to handle real-life situation out on the street.
The use of smart sensors is becoming a standard practice in police departments across the country. These sensors include the use of body cameras and dash cams to record police incidents, GPS devices to track location, automated license plate readers to instantly scan license plates, facial recognition to detect possible suspects, and gun listening technology like ShotSpotter to detect gun fire. These innovations help with everything from improving officers’ safety to identifying potential criminals and everything in-between. Experts predict that the capabilities and effectiveness of smart sensors are likely to increase significantly in the coming year.
Technology is not going away anytime soon. In fact, it is likely to continue to advance well into the future. When used correctly, it has the power to greatly improve police effectiveness in communities across the country.
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