Inthe rapidly changing today’s world, technological advancement havefound application in all aspects of life. New technologies haveincreased the capacities of law enforcement agents in dealing withemerging and complex crime s (Peak, 2012). Augmented reality is oneof the most interesting and potentially useful technologies in the21stcentury policing. Advanced augmented technologies are able to overlaycomputer images in the real world enhancing situational awareness.When patrol officers are equipped with this technology, they are ableto accomplish multiple assignments. Some of the possible applicationof augmented reality technologies includes providing real timeintelligence and providing scalable maps to patrol officers, tacticaladvantage and advanced information gathering during investigations.It also enables close supervision by enabling real time monitoring ofpatrol activities (Rolland et al, 2005). Unmanned Aerial Vehicles isanother emerging law enforcement technology which is likely torevolutionize police patrols. They are special remote controlleddrones used by law enforcement agents to correct intelligentinformation. Although they are usually used by the military, theyhave been applied in general policing activities. The main advantageof unmanned aerial vehicles has been their ability to be deployed indangerous missions such as firefighting missions. Although thesetechnologies are incredible, the initial costs, maintenance, trainingand skills practice is significant, and majority of police departmentmay not have an access to these technologies (Singer, 2009). TheSeptember 11 2001 terrorist attack was an indication of the level ofsophistication among criminals. This suggests that high techcriminals require high tech police officers to avert criminalactivities. Experts have argued that if technologies such asaugmented reality and unmanned aerial vehicles were in use, theSeptember 11 attack could have been averted.
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