What technologies will be used by police in the future?
What technologies will be used by police in the future? Will it be like Police Life predicted in 1988, with Robocop patrolling the streets? Perhaps it’s not all science fiction.
Currently, police around the world are moving towards the increasing use of online policing techniques to keep pace with growing cyber-crime. They are also trialling the use of drones and police body-cams for surveillance and evidence capturing.
In other innovations involving crime prevention and detection, road police are quickly adopting new tools to deal with the growing use of mobile phones. One technology recently trialled by the New York Police is the ‘textalyser’, which has the ability to scan a mobile phone after an accident to see whether it was used at the time of the incident.
Another area undergoing rapid technological development is the field of forensic science. Examples include the trialling of 3D imaging for crime scene analysis and advances in DNA testing. In the future DNA may be able to tell police the ancestral background and appearance of a suspect, where they have travelled and whether they smoke or drink.
Future innovations in police technology mimic those of the past: innovation has always involved searching for new ways to make connections and uncover information that would otherwise be hidden.