This book explores the history, development and use of technology in the policing of society, showing that technology plays a key, if not pivotal role in the work of law enforcement. The authors analyse several examples of technology in common use today, which include both officers' equipment and technology used by crime scene investigation teams. They discuss the supportive role that technology plays in the investigation process as well as the concerns that may arise from a reliance upon technological advances.
The book offers the reader a unique look at the scholarly and professional experience, with chapters written by academic researchers, as well as a number practitioners from the field of policing. It is essential reading for all those interested in a constantly changing and evolving field with implications for both theory and practice.
Andy Bain is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Mount Union, Ohio, USA. He is the co-author ofOutlaw Motorcycle Gangs: A Theoretical Perspective (2015, with Mark Lauchs and Peter Bell) and Professional Risk Taking with People: A Guide to Decision-Making in Health, Social Care and Criminal Justice (2008, with David Carson). Andy has published in a number of leading international academic and professional journals. His professional background includes four years with the National Probation Service (England and Wales) and six years running a successful criminal justice consultancy group.