With fewer officers, police use technology to fight crime

April 25th, 2011

Police departments are relying on technology as they find themselves with fewer and fewer officers because of deep budget cuts. GPS, social media, and closed-circuit cameras are just a few of the technologies now being used by police departments.

Thomas Nolan, an associate professor of criminal justice at BU’s Metropolitan College and a 27-year veteran of the Boston Police Department, was recently quoted in the Boston Herald on the gray areas of the law in using such technologies.

“This is the wild, wild west. Legislative bodies and courts are years away from being able to establish any body of law to deal with this.”

Contact Tom Nolan for additional comments at 617-358-3582, tnolan@bu.edu, Twitter: @thomas_nolan

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