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

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
About 95 percent of a typical law enforcement agency's budget is dedicated to personnel. The scarce resources left over are spent on basic equipment, such as cars, radios, and side arms. There is little money available to purchase the new tools necessary to keep up with criminals. Better efforts to get technology onto the streets is needed to provide modern crime-fighting technologies to the nation's local law enforcement agencies.The Clinton administration is proposing an increase in federal assistance to state and local law enforcement agencies, to augment their resources to develop, test, integrate, and train in the use of new technological tools needed to fight crime and improve public safety.Although crime rates have declined over the past several years, the public remains fearful and expects its government—at all levels—to do more. Law enforcement is principally a state and local responsibility; yet many jurisdictions lack the revenue base to meet the demands of technological modernization. Additionally, some specialized or expensive technologies needed only occasionally by any one local agency can more economically be provided by technology assistance from the federal level.This report provides contextual information bearing on four facets of law enforcement technology proposals by the Clinton administration:
1. technology assistance
2. technology deployment

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  • Title Page *
  • Preface iii
  • Contents v
  • Tables ix
  • Executive Summary xi
  • Acknowledgments xv
  • Chapter One - Introduction 1
  • Chapter Two - Contextual Overview 5
  • Chapter Three - Responsive Technology Assistance 13
  • Chapter Four - Technology Deployment 31
  • Chapter Five - 21st Century Crime Labs 47
  • Chapter Six - Bridging the Training Gap 59
  • Chapter Seven - Recommendations 65
  • References 67
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