This project examines the social, organizational, and behavioral implications of some of the most commonly used technologies in policing. While technological advances hold great promise for enhancing the effectiveness, fairness, and legitimacy of policing, there has been little research on the implementation and impacts of policing technology, and that which does exist suggests that technology does not always bring expected benefits. Using a multi-method approach, this study examines these issues through in-depth cases studies, experimental and quasi-experimental research in four police agencies. Recommendations for both researchers and law enforcement agencies are detailed. This project was conducted in collaboration with researchers at PERF, Dr. Julie Hibdon at Southern Illinois University and graduate research assistants at the CEBCP.
January 30, 2015