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"Snow, Commander of the homicide branch in the Indianapolis Police Department, takes an accessible tour through the new tools of law enforcement, starting with new officer training methodologies and improvements to vehicles used in police work, from SWAT trucks to lab vans. He describes improved communication and dispatch, increased expectations for technical expertise from personnel, better lie detection and evidence processing, DNA analysis and computerized forensics, not only to analyze physical evidence but to evaluate financial records, create perpetrator profiles, and create prevention and intervention strategies."
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"Advances in technology have provided assistance to society in numerous ways. The same is true in the field of law enforcement. Snow provides an overview of police-related technological advances in a concise yet descriptive and interesting manner that includes real-life examples and firsthand anecdotes….the author addresses modern-day police technology beginning with academy training and progressing through police vehicles, dispatch, uniformed officers, and detectives. He also discusses modern-day SWAT and bomb squads, lie detection, fingerprinting, DNA, and the wide-scale use of computers. Snow concludes by praising the importance of technology in policing while also suggesting that great care must be taken to avoid abuse and infringements to constitutional rights. In summary, while the passing of time may diminish this work's value, given the constant advances in technology, at present it is a good addition to libraries needing an overview of current technology in law enforcement. Recommended. General readers, lower- and upper-division undergraduates, two-year technical programs, and professionals/practitioners."