Needs and Prospects for Crime-Fighting Technology: The Federal Role in Assisting State and Local Law Enforcement


Most policing in the United States is done by law enforcement agencies at the local level. Although most Americans prefer that policing be controlled locally, there is considerable support for federal help in funding police. One area in which federal funding has been seen as useful is in the development, testing, and implementation of improved technology. An initiative proposed by the Clinton administration would increase funding of state and local law enforcement, with emphasis on technology assistance, technology deployment, crime lab improvements, and training. This report provides information on the current status in each of these, gives examples of what has been accomplished, and suggests prospects for improvements.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Bruce Don
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Santa Monica, CA
Publication year:
  • 1999


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