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Technology: Upgraded to “Must-Have”

No longer relegated to "nice-to-have" status or the province of the most prosperous, law enforcement technology has changed the way police conduct business and continues to do so. Emerging technologies and new uses for existing technologies are changing the landscape of police work every day. The technology project planning process alone has created opportunities for change, mobilizing people across organizations, regions, and disciplines, and creating effective partnerships as they work toward shared goals. Once implemented, technology can have a lasting effect on law enforcement agency efforts and the communities they serve. From enhancing crime prevention and crime-solving strategies to improving information-sharing capabilities to expanding the reach of emergency management resources, technology's use in law enforcement has been upgraded to "must-have" status.

Since 1994, the COPS Office has supported the use of technology to advance the community policing efforts of state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies, awarding more than $2.4 billion in funding across the nation (as of FY09). Visitors can find resources on topics such as call management, data sharing and information systems, voice interoperability, and surveillance video, as well as links to general technology planning, training opportunities, and information sharing systems portals.
Technology plays a key role in community policing as the facilitator of partnerships, enhancer of problem-solving, and enabler of organizational change.

Technology can: