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Technology transfer of computer-based applications in law enforcement

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As the use of computer-based technology has expanded in law enforcement, one of the central questions is how technology transfer has contributed to this development Drawing on a range of past and current research studies, the paper notes that the expectations of transfer have often exceeded the realities. Factors which both inhibit and enhance technology transfer in law enforcement are therefore outlined, and recommendations for the future are set forth.

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This paper reflects work conducted on several research projects funded by the National Institute of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement Assistance Administration and the National Science Foundation. The conclusions and recommendations, though, are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of these agencies. Both authors are also affiliated with Public Systems Evaluation, Inc. (PSE), Cambridge Massachusetts, and the paper is based primarily on work undertaken at PSE.

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Colton, K.W., Tien, J.M. Technology transfer of computer-based applications in law enforcement. J Technol Transfer 4, 63–76 (1979).

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