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Police technology did not stop evolving with the cruiser and the hand-held radio. Across the United States today, police departments are increasingly using newer information and communications technology (ICT) to engage local communities in preventing and solving crime. ICT offers an array of ever-expanding interactive tools, including Web sites, e-mail listservs, and cell phones, to help law enforcement do its job. The technology is developing at a dizzying pace, and police departments throughout the country are harnessing the power of technology—particularly its capacity to collect, store, and share vast amounts of information at unprecedented speeds—to aid them in their work. The Internet, in particular, has opened a new frontier for law enforcement, with many police departments using the Web’s unique abilities to enlist the public’s assistance in tracking
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Unformatted text preview: down offenders. Consider, for example, the growing use of social networking sites, such as MySpace and Facebook, to identify sexual predators, and video-sharing sites, such as You-Tube, to post surveillance videos of suspects. ICT allows law enforcement to collect and share a wide range of information and use technology to interact with the community in a variety of ways. As seen in Box B, activities can range from those that are basically one-way in nature, such as information posted on police department Web sites (e.g., command staff biographies, department announcements, and crime statistics) to those that invite two-way communication between law enforcement and the community (e.g., message boards on which residents may express, and police officials can respond to, neighborhood concerns)....
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