desk for hours analyzing crime statistics in an attempt to predict and prevent future crime, officers have computer programs that can receive all the information available and accurately point out the trends which allow officer more time to be on the street policing.[Wal13] Nothing but positive things. On the opposite side of the spectrum, some technology has negative effects. Relying solely on computer data mapping, officers may do less street work getting involved in the community. So, we build a program to get involved and then a new one comes and starts to take away from the original program. Human interaction can’t be imitated. Another negative for would be that some good officers may hesitate to intervene in a dispute of a call because as right as he or she may be, the camera may portray actions that they must explain. Some police work requires officers to operate in the grey zone. Without cameras, the subculture of police work trustthat the right thing was done. Even when right most officers feel uncomfortable being questionedon their actions.
Midterm Examination 6With technology comes a price. When the city funds are gone, federal grants can assist. Federal funding is not guaranteed and if given it can still go away so local police departments must have back up plans. One of the most common means to create more money is by consolidating police offices which free up money from overhead expenses and additional police officers. Aside from overhead expenses being cut, some officers lose their job all in the name of technological advances. In an extreme case in Camden, New Jersey, a whole police department was disbanded. Officers were laid off and some were rehired at a regional location at a lower salary.[New14]. We do not have unlimited source of money so there has to be a balance between funding for technology and hiring officers. As the population grow, if funding does not, it comes down to training officers to do more with less. This is where technology show its importance. Weget back to the time saving benefit of technology.References
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