Challenges and Choices for Crime-Fighting Technology: Federal Support of State and Local Law Enforcement

Challenges and Choices for Crime-Fighting Technology: Federal Support of State and Local Law Enforcement

Challenges and Choices for Crime-Fighting Technology: Federal Support of State and Local Law Enforcement

Challenges and Choices for Crime-Fighting Technology: Federal Support of State and Local Law Enforcement

Synopsis

This report provides findings of a study of technology in use or needed by law enforcement agencies at the state and local level, for the purpose of informing federal policymakers as they consider technology-related support for these agencies.

Excerpt

An earlier rand report, Needs and Prospects for Crime-Fighting Technology: the Federal Role in Assisting State and Local Law Enforcement (Schwabe, 1999), discussed various aspects of technology-related support the federal government has provided to state and local agencies and commented on needs and prospects for such support in the future. That report recommended a more exhaustive study of what law enforcement technology is currently in use across the nation and how the federal government might better render technologyrelated support.

Subsequently, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy commissioned RAND's Science and Technology Policy Institute to conduct the more exhaustive study recommended by the Needs and Prospects report. This study was also supported by funding from the National Institute of Justice.

This report, Challenges and Choices, presents the overall findings of the follow-on study. a companion volume (Davis, Schwabe, and Fricker, 2001) provides more detailed findings from two nationwide surveys rand conducted as part of the study.

The authors' aim is to provide information that may help federal policymakers in the Executive and Legislative branches as they formulate goals and programs to support technology utilization and modernization for law enforcement over the course of the first decade of the 21st century.

The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) was created in 1976 to provide the President with timely policy advice and to co or . . .

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