What are some of the implications of the future directions of crime fighting?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that an undeniable element of the future of crime fighting would have to be the role of technology.  It is not surprising to find surveillance cameras in "high crime" areas, and walls of closed circuit camera monitors noting criminal activity.  The role of technology in crime fighting is an almost inevitable end in the future directions of how societies seek to reduce crime.  However, I think that there is a sincere issue and a strong implication of how much surveillance can constitute "too" much.  There is a social control element with the preponderance of cameras and drones that are used to monitor criminal activity.  Along these lines, I believe that there is a neighborhood implication that there are some areas that are prone to greater intrusion on a technological level of surveillance and other levels that are not.  Within this, there are social and political implications of how technology is used in crime fighting.  Along these lines, I think that there is a legitimate issue about how to ensure that technology's reach is not in the realm of the private when it is so dominant in monitoring criminal activity.

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