Questions for Discussion

  • 1. Would you like to be a crime analyst? Why or why not?
  • 2. Based on what you have learned throughout this book and based on what you know about the steady advances in technology, how would you envision technology will revolutionize policing in the next 25 years?

Important Terms

Biometrics: Measuring and analysis of such physical attributes as facial features and voice or retinal scans, often used for identification.

Crime analysis unit: Police department unit responsible for crime analysis.

Fusion centers: Information sharing centers, which were first developed by the U.S. Department of Justice. Now the term fusion center is often used as another name for real-time crime center.

Predictive policing: Any policing strategy or tactic that develops and uses information and advanced analysis to lead to forward-thinking crime prevention.

PredPol: Jeffrey Brantingham, a professor of anthropology at UCLA, helped develop the predictive policing system that is now licensed to dozens of police departments under the brand name PredPol.

Real-time crime center (RTCC): Centralized technology center that gives field officers and detectives instant information to help identify patterns and stop emerging crime.

Routine activities theory: Theory that holds that crime takes place when a motivated offender and a suitable target coincide in time and space with the absence of a committed guardian.

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