Horses and Horsepower, Fingerprints and Forensics: The Development of Technology and Law Enforcement

  • Andy Bain


The significance of technology in the development of the policing role cannot be denied, and nor can it be overstated, for it provides the tools needed to better understand the criminal act, and to better protect the community in the future. This chapter provides an indication of the technologies, and an appraisal of those same technologies. The chapter situates its argument – for the main part – in the innovation of the nineteenth century, which continued throughout much of the twentieth century. The chapter will conclude with the introduction of DNA analysis. This is done in order to provide for some contextualization of the role technology has played in the last 200 years, as well as to set the ground for what is yet to come in the future.


Modern policing Technology Scientific investigation Forensics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Criminal JusticeUniversity of Mount UnionAllianceUSA

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