Technological advancements have caused major changes in policing in the past several decades. Compared to past generations, officers today are surrounded by technology that is intended to increase productivity, officer safety, and agency efficiency.
Communication, for example, has been dramatically improved. The days of communicating with dispatch only through the traditional police radio or tracking down a pay phone to call the station are long gone. Today, officers have cell phones and are responsible for monitoring communications through advanced police radios that can scan many channels or districts at one time. Police vehicles are also equipped with advanced computer-aided dispatch systems. These dispatch systems improve how quickly officers respond to calls for service, assist in the collection of investigative data, and clear calls without radio communication. Read more.