Could Technology Change Policing?


Two Reports on Technology Needs

Advances in technology can improve the safety and effectiveness of the criminal justice system, especially for law enforcement agencies. To support agencies’ using new technology, the Department of Justice supports a broad research portfolio to ensure technology is efficient, adequate and accessible. Two new publications — produced by the RAND Corporation on behalf of the National Institute of Justice’s Information and Geospatial Technologies Center of Excellence — look at what technologies law enforcement agencies need today and what that technology could look like in the future. By identifying where technology could help solve law enforcement challenges, we aim to improve their ability to prevent and respond to crime and to keep our communities safe.

Download High-Priority Information Technology Needs For Law Enforcement.

Download Visions of Law Enforcement Technology in the Period 2024-2034.



  1. The rapidity of technological change is undoubtedly a challenge for law enforcement, but it’s also an opportunity.

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