Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice

2014 Edition
| Editors: Gerben Bruinsma, David Weisburd

Information Technology and Police Work

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5690-2_254



This entry addresses the role of information technology in shaping policing organizations and police practices. It is comprised of five parts. The first part is a brief overview of police and technology. The second part outlines types of technology in police organizations. The third part discusses current police innovations in information technology. The fourth sets out the problematic collocation of data in police organizations. The fifth part discusses the focus on the incident, the core of operational policing, and the ways in which it controls and shapes howwhatever technology is available is used (or not). The entry concludes with some propositions that might guide future research. Overall, while there are abundant capacities based on information technology available, they are selectively used and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Criminal JusticeNortheastern UniversityBostonUSA