Future policing proposal


Augmented reality technology is a tracker system that determines therelative position between a sensor and an object on the surface. Itcomprises of a pattern of fiducials disposed on an object surface, acomputer with a processor and memory, interface for receiving inputand presenting augmented reality output as well as a tracker fordetection of pattern fiducials (Lee, 2012). It is amongst the mostpowerful technologies invented in the 21st century. Itability to overlay virtual computer generated images not a person’sreal world field of vision enhances accomplishment of a wide varietyof tasks and policing assignments.

ART greatly improves awareness and theoretically allows one personequipped with it to do the same amount of work as three individualswho are not equipped. ART is accessible to anyone as it utilizestechnology thus making it very effective. Its impact on policing isincredible, as it has facilitated creative and innovative strategiesof combating crime (Lee, 2010). Military personnel use ART to bringreal live situations without exposing themselves to real life danger.ART has a transformative impact on individual patrolling officers andlaw enforcement agencies. Communication improvement between agenciesand police officers is another advantage of ART. This has helpedexpedite and significantly improved crime reporting and analysis.According to Lee (2012), agencies have also been able to managetactical deployment of forces as well as strategic utilization ofresources.

Despite its numerous advantages in policing, ART suffers variouschallenges such as security and spam issues. Its accessibilityaffords criminals and terrorists opportunities to exploit, disruptand cause massive harm to the society. This is a challenge to thepolice agencies and personnel who need to clearly understand currentART capabilities and the future emerging trends to curtail crime asit arises.

Wearable computers are the next big thing in policing and lawenforcement agencies. The cutting edge technology all in the name ofadvancing public safety has caught the attention of many people. Bodyworn technology is a breakdown of five wearable technologies namelyGoogle glass, body worn cameras, wrist worn computers, headsetcomputer (HC1), and WI-FI enabled clothing (Beloff, 2010). Wearablecomputers replace the main computer but allow a user operate itwithout interfaces like keyboard, screen and other keys. It insteadfocuses on recognition of speech and gesture to control technology.It allows the user to be constantly connected to the computer givingthe police an easy time to detect any unusual behavior or crimethroughout the day.

It eliminates time wastage and removes work restrictions thus makingit very effective for policing. With wearable technology, lawenforcement agencies can be confident that officers are monitoringcrime 24/7. It enables administration of resources efficiently asofficers will not make demands for other technologies with this one.Wearable technology uses greater precision to monitor crime andtarget suspects through the intelligence infusion. With theseinnovative body worn gadgets, police agencies will rise to a newlevel of cover and crime fighting. It facilitates immediate access ofinformation and communication is significantly improved thus solvingcrimes faster. Wearable computers are easily controllable to usersgreatly easing police tasks and making them more productive assertsBeloff (2010).

Wearable computers at times experience technical issues likewireless network challenges. Technology is not always perfect andthus requires maintenance from time to time, which adds extra costsfor police agencies. Wearable computers are also bulky, at timesuncomfortable and can have a short battery life. Issues of privacycan be challenging with wearable technology, as it is visible toeveryone including the criminals. Maintaining localized informationis also challenging with wearable technologies.

In conclusion, wearable technology and ART have numerous benefits tothe future of policing. With advancing technology, there is no limitas to what new developments technology can bring to future policingtrends argues Hynds (2010). They are limitless policing technologiesthat have shown their potential to help fight crime at all costs.


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