Fostering Innovation in U.S. Law Enforcement

Law enforcement is calling for a virtual information repository — a single-source for capturing and sharing law enforcement information. This is one finding of the Second Law Enforcement Advisory Panel, a group convened in fiscal year 2016 as part of the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) Priority Criminal Justice Needs Initiative, which aims to identify current challenges and innovation needs in the U.S. law enforcement system.

 

In a report recently published, "Fostering Innovation in U.S. Law Enforcement: Identifying High-Priority Technology and Other Needs for Improving Law Enforcement Operations and Outcomes," the RAND Corporation outlines the panel's top four findings. In addition to the virtual information repository, other findings included:

• A call for practices and technologies to improve police-community relations.

• A need to improve the sharing and use of information.

• A need to improve forensic capabilities. Most needs in the study referred to the reduction of forensics backlogs and calls for the U.S. Department of Justice to expand grant programs beyond forensic DNA technologies.

You can learn more about the report and download a free eBook of the report here.

 
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