How Technology is Helping Policing


As technology continues to advance, there’s more and more applications it has to make policing more efficient and speedy. From sensor networks to crowd monitoring, making the streets safe for everyone is becoming easier and more viable.

Even though police budgets continue to be cut, the increasing use of technology can allow officers to assess crimes quicker and covertly track vehicles and suspects without the additional need of manpower.

Keeping with the times

Social networking sites have offered the police for a quick, easy, and relatively costless way of tracking suspicious people and cases by interacting directly to the public. Twitter provides an ideal way in which to make the public aware of a police force’s work, and users of the social networking site can offer a wealth of information by way of replying to Twitter feeds.

One such instance in which social networking sites proved a technological boon to the police force was when one victim of a burglary tweeted their local police force so as not to alert the intruder of their presence.

The Sensor Network

An increasing amount of police forces have been using small drones in the place of police helicopters. These remote-controlled, miniature helicopters are able to track and survey suspects and are even able to track runaways in thick fog.

Police vehicles are often fitted with complex sensors which are able to check all sorts of things, such as engine efficiency and driver behaviour. There’s also APLS, or Automatic Person Location Systems, which are placed on officers on the field so their progress can be tracked – specifically, if they have been hurt or if they need to relay back information to the base.

Agent management software

Used by an array of law enforcement agencies, ABM’s agent management software  is a perfect tool for keeping tabs on an investigation by offering the necessary framework required to manage confidential informants.

Increasing operational effectiveness and reducing any potential for corruption, it reduces the risks to stakeholders, manages any costs of human sources, monitors any communication between the sources, and keeps the duty of care to the public an absolute priority.

Keeping things simple

Of course, it’s important that any technology used does not get in the way of policing. Keeping things as simple as possible is often the key – but that doesn’t mean that technology doesn’t have a lot to offer the world of policing and investigation.

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