Here's How Technology is Shaping Law Enforcement

CIOReview | Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Facial recognition technology is also offering instrumental to fighting crime. Law enforcement has implemented facial recognition at large events, for instance, to recognize individuals who are wanted for criminalities by comparing their faces to a database of hundreds of thousands of known offenders.

FREMONT, CA: Law enforcement and investigations are not simple. It can take weeks, months, and even years to match a piece of evidence to a particular individual if it can be matched at all; still, that does not mean technology in the real world is not catching up to all the technology shown in movies. New developments are taking shape every now and then, making it easier to avert and fight crime.

Here are three technological advances in law enforcement:

1. Artificial Intelligence

Law enforcement agencies are already employing Artificial Intelligence (AI) based tools to help them prevent and manage crime. Most agencies use massive databases with data about individuals, their criminal history and background; with AI, they can more effortlessly make connections between disparate systems. Combined with their understanding of investigations gained through criminal justice, these new algorithms can advance studies and help organizations make better decisions concerning the detention, prosecution, and punishment.

2. Improved Electronic Monitoring Systems

The concept of house arrest is not new, but technological developments make it a more workable option. When offenders are prosecuted for minor offences, they present little to no risk to the public; using electronic monitoring systems to help them serve their punishment at home has some advantages.

Even though some argue that the decision of serving a sentence in the comfort of one’s own home will not deter criminal conduct to the same degree that prison does, it may advantage society more for low-level criminals to not be in jail. As an alternative, subjecting them to constant, intense surveillance through GPS monitoring, visual and audio recording, and other technology-backed solutions can keep them out of jail, eventually saving the public’s money.

3. Pre-Crime Technology

The best method to combat crime is to keep it from happening, and technology is in the vanguard of crime prevention. Yet again, AI tools and predictive analytics employing big data are crucial to making connections that can halt crime before it starts. Still, law enforcement is adopting other devices in their work.

Facial recognition technology is also offering instrumental to fighting crime. Law enforcement has implemented facial recognition at large events, for instance, to recognize individuals who are wanted for criminalities by comparing their faces to a database of hundreds of thousands of known offenders. All of these technologies are created with the single purpose of preventing crime, and the sector is only witnessing the tip of the iceberg when it comes to these tools.

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