By William Schwabe, Lois M. Davis, Brian A. Jackson
This document presents findings of a examine of expertise in use or wanted through legislations enforcement corporations on the country and native point, for the aim of informing federal policymakers as they give thought to technology-related help for those companies.
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Technology RiskThe choice to use any new technology is always attended by the risk that the technology will not perform the desired tasks adequately. The risk that a technology will not measure up to expectations is ever present, even for the most technologically knowledgeable organizations. This risk, which varies among technologies and over time as new technologies become more established, can lead organizations to delay or even pass up potential investments in new techniques. • Human Associated RisksWhen an organization alters its operations or integrates a new technology into existing procedures, there is adjustment required on the part of its members.
Third, for many towns and cities, there is an element of “keeping up with the Joneses,” . . but this is not just a matter of unjustified civic rivalry. As cities are increasingly competing to attract and keep inward investment from ever more mobile multinational corporations, CCTV is seen as part of a package of measures to attract and keep business and, therefore, jobs, in the town. Fourth, regardless of its effects on the overall crime rate, CCTV can be a very useful tool in investigating statistically rare but serious criminal offences such as acts of terrorism, murder and rape.
Other types of gas/chemicals and crowd/riot control devices are in limited use by state police Table 6 Types of LTL Weapons Authorized or in Use by Local Departments Device or Agent Authorized by Authorized Limited Use Widespread Use Local Police, by Sheriffs, by All Local, by All Local, 1997 1997 2000 2000 Traditional baton 46% 38% 26% 19% Side-handled baton 47% 36% 17% 15% Collapsible/ expandable baton 61% 59% 25% 53% OC (pepper spray) 89% 87% 12% 76% CN (tear gas) 3% 3% 23% 3% CS 4% 4% 22% 2% Capture net 1% 1% Flash/bang grenade 11% 19% 26% 1% SOURCE: Reaves and Goldberg, 2000, p.
Challenges and Choices for Crime-Fighting Technology: Federal Support of State and Local Law Enforcement (2001) by William Schwabe, Lois M. Davis, Brian A. Jackson