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Policing and Technology

by Barrie Sheldon and Paul Wright Learning Matters
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The rapid development of modern technologies is having profound implications on modern-day policing. Recent innovations include the proliferation of sophisticated communication and surveillance devices, developments in road traffic and crime investigation techniques, personal safety equipment, the internet and network and computer forensics, all of which are accompanied by often complex new legislative and regulative requirements. This book ensures that policing students are fully informed and completely up to date with changes, and understand the implications and impact that changing technology brings to practice. Each chapter includes clear objectives, links to the NOS, practical and reflective tasks, case studies and summaries.

Introduction: the impact of technology on policing
The internet and intelligence
Investigation of cyber-crime
The Internet: preventative and investigative measures
The use of forensics in combating crime
The use of CCTV in contemporary investigation
Counterfeiting: the part technology and the Internet play
Road traffic and technology
Communications and custody
Technology and the future of policing

"A timely text by retired police practitioners who have an advantageous position in academia." Senior Lecturer, Middlesex University
Barrie Sheldon is a Senior Lecturer at Teesside University delivering a foundation degree in policing to West Mercia Police student police officers and online programmes in counter-terrorism. Barrie joined Staffordshire Police as a cadet in 1972 and retired in 2004. He enjoyed various operational roles and completed his career with the Major Investigation Department as a Senior Investigating Officer. Barrie was also involved with training during his police career and has also delivered investigative training to detectives in Rwanda. Paul Wright retired from the Police Service in January 2009, after initially joining Bedfordshire Police and then transferring to the City of London Police in 1987. During his time with law enforcement he was seconded to the South East Regional Crime Squad and the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit. A career detective he spent the last 10 years of his service specialising in Internet, network and computer investigations at a local, national and international level./par1//par1/He has also been heavily involved in Industry Liaison. In this role he has advised on the implementation of e-crime prevention and actively encouraged the flow of information between the Business Community and Law enforcement regarding Hi-Tech and e-crime.