Police officers use a wide range of technology to protect individuals. Technology also makes it easier to identify the perpetrators of the crime committed. With modern day technology law enforcement can ensure a successful prosecution against those who break the law. Catching criminals is not easy work and if technology is helping law enforcement and the community more efficient and aware of the dangers in the city, town, or world why become upset about the technology officers have. If people would take the time to understand the devices used by officer’s maybe they would not feel so threatened by the officer and their equipment.
Most police forces try to obtain the latest technology, from updated or new weapons, vehicles, body armor, and ways to communicate. In today’s society law enforcement vehicles are equipped with a computer, are designed to go faster than most vehicles on the road. The car also has the latest emergency medical equipment, and extra firepower for extreme situations. The taser is a good example of an updated weapon police officers use and relies on from day to day. The bright yellow gun shaped taser sends an electroshock to immobilize a suspect or someone resisting arrest.
The electrical current momentarily disrupts control of the muscles (How does technology help the police, 2009). The gun fires two small darts electrodes which, stays connected to the gun by conductive wire. The electrodes are pointed to pierce clothing and hurtful to stay in the skin (How does technology help the police, 2009). Law enforcements fingerprinting and DNA database is very advanced and probably will continue to become more accurate over time. When someone commits a crime and gets caught an officer will have them booked and fingerprinted. Depending on the crime law enforcement may even have their DNA.
In the United Kingdom the DNA database stores over 3. 4 million DNA profiles (How does technology help the police, 2009). The police and government say the system has help with convicting some nasty people. Technology is becoming so advance police officers do not need to be present to give someone a speeding ticket. The automatic number plate recognition started with a bad reputation. People would complain that it was a waste of taxpayer money because the camera took blurry photos. “Of course” over time the plate recognition improved and is good for stopping people from speeding.
Law enforcement even has video cameras at stoplights and of course people were complaining. Some people said the government is trying to invade people’s privacy and spy on everyone. If it were not for those cameras the little eight-year-old girl that was taking from in front of her home last week would have probably been murdered. The video of the truck helped a man identify the truck and rescue the little girl. Sometimes a written description just is not enough. When the criminal is caught most of the time, they are going to tell a big fat lie. This is when police officers start to question and interrogate the suspect.
The technology they use to determine if the suspect is fibbing is called a polygraph (Foster, 2009). The hit television show The first 48 show both interrogating and polygraph usage. The machine measures blood pressure, pulse, breathing, skin conductivity during questioning, and body temperature (Foster, 2009). The needles Ink the paper and if the suspect lies the polygraph goes crazy. However, it is not 100% trustworthy but with the advanced technology I have faith that one day it will be. The New York police department and IBM are fighting crime through improved technology.
This system is called the “The Real Time Crime Center. It was set up in 2005 the system merged all NYPD’s data they already had on crime in their system names, past crimes, addresses, and identifying features making it automatically available to access through a 24-hour manned IT center (How does technology help the police, 2009). This gives criminals less time to escape. In the UK police have a new radio system that helps them communicate effectively. The device is called an airwave; it has an emergency button on each phone which can be pressed by an officer in trouble (How does technology help the police, 2009).
It is clearer and more secure and is compatible with mobile applications. Local, national, and emergency services can also share airwave between each other. California should invest in airwave so law enforcement agents can feel safer on the job. Especially when faced with a terrorist attack or maybe even a riot. I feel that this device would have benefited the four officers that were shot while having coffee in a breakfast dinner in browed daylight. Another great piece of technology is the pepper spray. It is simple and easy to use. The spray is made to make people cry literally (Foster, 2009).
It also stops breathing for a moment and causes temporary blindness. Most women carry pepper spray but the pepper spray sold in stores is not nearly as strong as the pepper spray law enforcement uses. Not only is an officer’s spray more potent but it also shoots further then the spray sold in stores. I feel pepper spray is a wonderful peace of technology that maybe even some responsible kids that walk home from school should have. Police forces in the US are now working on a new piece of technology that may sound like a waste of money but really may be efficient.
They are working on a new police kind of police car that will not only make noise and flash lights, but when the police vehicle is speeding to an emergency it will rumble (How does technology help the police, 2009). This Rumbling vehicle will shake the ground up to two-hundred feet away allowing pedestrians and drivers to move in advance. This technology is currently being tested in New York (How does technology help the police, 2009). I personally think it is a good idea and the paramedics should jump on the bane wagon.
If this technology works as well as they hope it does no one should be in the way of an emergency situation. I also think the paramedics, fire trucks and ambulances should have this technology before police officers. Police technology is growing everyday and we the people should be more aware of it. It is necessary that our protection grows as the economy grows. Technology is a gift to the world as well as a curse but we must be smart and use it as help and not depend on it as if technology were a person. Police technology is a necessity for safer more accurate gathering of evidence.