Key Challenges Facing Police Leaders in the Age of Technology
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Key Challenges Facing Police Leaders in the Age of Technology

Gov CIO Outlook | Friday, July 29, 2022

There is no infrastructure, storage, or hardware-related issue that police chiefs are now confronting that is more of a technical barrier. Instead, it has to do with the thinking of the leader.

Fremont, CA: Although improvements in police technology can increase operational effectiveness and improve officer safety, police officials still have difficulty creating a tech stack that meets their organization's unique requirements.

Let's see how Police1 columnists and public safety technology SMEs describe the most important technological difficulties for the law enforcement profession along with potential solutions in order to help navigate and get around any technology bottlenecks.

There is no infrastructure, storage, or hardware-related issue that police chiefs are now confronting that is more of a technical barrier. Instead, it has to do with the thinking of the leader.

There is no infrastructure, storage, or hardware-related issue that police chiefs are now confronting that is more of a technical barrier. Instead, it has to do with the thinking of the leader. Almost all police leaders I meet with around the country have these three common apprehensions about utilizing cutting-edge technology:

• Secure police technology

The technology used by police is entirely secure. The services are protected against hackers and cyberattacks by approved compliance and IT experts at reputable software-as-a-service (SAAS), platform-as-a-service (PAAS), and infrastructure-as-a-service (IAAS) firms. Police technology businesses will now maintain the agency's software, gear, and gadgets, so police chiefs no longer need to do so. Police leaders may refocus their attention on combatting crime instead of administrative duties like upkeep.

• Police Technology shortens the Investigation time

Police technology will shorten the length of investigations, allowing officers and detectives to return to work more quickly. Additionally, it will raise the possibility of a successful prosecution. Officers can swiftly assess crime scenes thanks to tools like portable fingerprint scanners, 3D image scanners, and data extractors for cell phones. These physical devices' data may get easily uploaded into report management systems (RMS) and evidence management systems (EMS). A smooth investigation and prosecution are made possible by the prosecutors' rapid access.

• Police technology is no longer an option

Every police chief in the country is concerned about the same issues: a shortage of workforce, case backlogs, civil lawsuits, low employee morale, and improving connections with the community. Fortunately, each one can be aided by police technological tools. The public is aware of these resources and expects government organizations to use them to enhance their neighborhoods.

Every aspect of a police organization may benefit from police technology. Police technology businesses have pushed for quicker, more secure, and more dependable solutions for law enforcement over the last few years. These resources are available, but it is up to the police chief to employ them.

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