Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice

2014 Edition
| Editors: Gerben Bruinsma, David Weisburd

History of Technology in Policing

  • Mathieu DeflemEmail author
  • Stephen Chicoine
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5690-2_253


Technology has fundamentally changed the face of society, and the effects that technological advances have had on the form and function of policing is no exception. In response to the changing conditions of society brought about by new developments in technology, law enforcement agencies have in turn adopted new technological advances in order to fulfill their function in the areas of crime control and order maintenance. This has in turn led to the historical development of the bureaucratization of law enforcement, which has transformed the police from a political enforcement apparatus to an autonomous professional institution. Technology has not only facilitated this transformation of police within their respective nations, but has also facilitated international police cooperation. The institutional autonomy and the technological advances in communications and transportation enabled international cooperation between police organizations which addressed, ironically, the new...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA