Are the Police being Taken Over By Technology?

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Are the Police Being Taken Over By Technology?

Since 1829, the police has been stopping crime around the globe and arresting the all the criminal. But in the past 10 years, technology has developed-a lot. This means that the police don‘t really need to find out who the criminal was using methods like fingerprints, dogs and other stuff that is used to find out the sneaky criminal who committed the heinous crime.

But now we have technology like security cameras and doorbells which videos who's outside their house. With all this we don't need police around local areas as much to be on scene when they spot a criminal.

To conclude I think that the police is taking over technology but only to a certain extent because there aren’t robots going around town with laser guns zapping the criminals. But they are still needed a lot for things like arresting people, interrogating and helping the public. But cameras capture most of the crime that goes on around the neighbourhoods and the police arrests the suspect who did it.

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  • Highdown-logo-250x250.jpg amusing_bee | Highdown School
    28 Jan 2019

    I think police should focus on using technology to help them, but not become reliant on them. really good scepticism and questions though :)

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  • Weston-Favell-logo-250x250.jpg honorable_conclusion | Weston Favell Academy
    28 Jan 2019

    I believe that the police are not being taken over by the technology. This is because security cameras need police to operate them. So if there was a crime that had been recorded on a camera but no police to check the CCTV then the villain would not be caught as no one would see them on the security cameras. As well, cameras are not always useful as a hood or mask can cover a persons face and sometimes areas do not have security cameras. Also, in some cases, local police are needed for other jobs like checking on anyone that has not been seen in a while. Also, they would be needed for catching people who are escaping in a car. In addition, a camera on a doorbell can not always work as the crime could be committed by someone who is known to the victim and that would not stand out on the video.
    Overall, I believe that technology is not taking over the police force.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      honorable_conclusion's comment 28 Jan 2019

      This is a good comment with lots of reasons. Well done. Can you be open minded and suggest the other side of the argument?

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    2. Highdown-logo-250x250.jpg loving_quince | Highdown School
      honorable_conclusion's comment 28 Jan 2019

      It's a good point but what if the crime is taking place in a remote area. If someone's being murdered and the nearest police station is several miles away then the police need to rely on security cameras that the house where the murder is taking place at has caught otherwise they have no idea who the suspect is because it might be a two year old or it might be a great grandad. The police need technology but they don't need lots of it. Now that you have mentioned what you have said in your comment I now also believe that it isn't taking over the police but the police definitely need technology.

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  • The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg balanced_singer | The Ruth Gorse Academy
    29 Jan 2019

    The police force could be getting taken over by technology because there are a lot more speed cameras on the roads, so traffic control isn't needed as much any more. Also in places like Dubai they have Robot police which are in every day places, they are multilingual and Dubai is aiming for 25% of the police workforce but don't want it to be entirely robotic. Most houses have cameras and security systems which trigger when there is crime and it will be informed to the police, so technology isn't taking over the police instead it helps them to do their job better.
    On the other hand, technology may not be taking over the work force because it would take a while for technology to advance to that extent. Also the robots and other pieces of technology may be linked to a system on a computer and someone could hack into it and therefore make the technology do the wrong thing.
    With technology or no technology Britain would be a safe place to be but it will not take advantage of the police because the're the people who make it. And as mentioned before: technology isn't taking over, instead it's helping them to do their job better. This is my opinion.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      balanced_singer's comment 30 Jan 2019

      You've given good examples here which help to strengthen your reasoning. Well done! It's also impressive that you have been open-minded and considered the other side of the argument. Well done!

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    2. Hanson-logo-250x250.jpg generous_introduction | Hanson Academy
      balanced_singer's comment 30 Jan 2019

      i think that you are right because police do need to add speed cameras on the roads because people speed a lot. I also think that you should have put that the police should add CCTV to peoples houses because in case there is there is a break in your house and you are getting robbed you need CCTV to see what the robbers look like and what they ware.

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  • Hanson-logo-250x250.jpg phenomenal_argument | Hanson Academy
    30 Jan 2019

    I agree with this, we don't need the police as much as we used to when we did not have security cameras and other technology equipment

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  • Hanson-logo-250x250.jpg logical_bird | Hanson Academy
    30 Jan 2019

    I think the police force could be taken over because now a days Britain has a lot of speed cameras which means traffic control isn't needed anymore.Also in Dubai and other places have robotic police which are in every day places, they are multilingual and Dubai is aiming for 25% of the police workforce but don't want it to be entirely robotic. Most houses have cameras and security systems which trigger when there is crime and it will be informed to the police, so technology isn't taking over the police instead it helps them to do their job better

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      logical_bird's comment 30 Jan 2019

      Please make sure everything you write on the Hub is written in your own words.

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  • Highdown-logo-250x250.jpg protective_reality | Highdown School
    30 Jan 2019

    I agree that police are quite reliant on technology but I think that with out the technology police would be a slot of risk

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  • Crampton-logo-250x250.jpg curious_wildcat | Crampton Primary School
    30 Jan 2019

    this is true but the police are just trying to keep up with modern day like as you said when the police were using dogs witch shows police were always using these techniques.

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  • Highdown-logo-250x250.jpg loving_quince | Highdown School
    01 Feb 2019

    By the way I'm in the middle of making a part 2 of this which will hopefully be out in a few days

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  • Hanson-logo-250x250.jpg super_dove | Hanson Academy
    01 Feb 2019

    I think that robot police officers wont be very affective because they may be vandalised and someone would have to control the robot 24 7 when we could have a more intimidating and affective person doing the job

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  • Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg balanced_volcano | Graveney School
    01 Feb 2019

    I think you should express your idea more

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    1. Highdown-logo-250x250.jpg loving_quince | Highdown School
      balanced_volcano's comment 09 Feb 2019

      By the way this is based on the comment, not the actual post but it you want me to I'll do it for the post.

      The police need technology but they don't rely on it like a human relies on water and food to survive but they still definitely need it. If the police were not to use technology, then they would probably fall to pieces because it would be hard to communicate with police officers and different police stations. It would also mean that they wouldn't have tasers on anything in emergency situations. This is why they work with technology to make the world a better place.

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  • Bruntcliffe-logo-250x250.jpg knowledgeable_pigeon | Bruntcliffe Academy
    01 Feb 2019

    I believe that police are being taken over by technology because of things like using phones to take a statement. I believe this is a good thing as it can be a lot easier than keeping a lot of folders in a where house which would take a lot of time to search.

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg extraordinary_thought | Michael Faraday School
    02 Feb 2019

    In my opinion, police are not being taken over by technology although they still use things like GPS trackers and other technology but they still have to use their knowledge and skills to solve problems, have the ability to follow orders, the determination to learn, the urge for compassion and respect and potent communication skills.

    -Effective communication skills
    Every police officer should know that police reports need effective written communication skills. They must also have strong but varying sets of communication skills when dealing with workers, courts, criminals and civilians. For example, if a police officer found a child that was lost and upset or she/he didn't want to go with the officer, the policeman or woman would have to try and calm them down in a gentle tone and not in a loud voice in case the child is sensitive to loud noises and so the child would be comfortable around the officer.

    -Problem Solving Skills
    Problem Solving Skills are an important skill as they are used to prevent crime and to solve problems as well as community diputes. Police forces follow by several types and models of problem solving such as community oriented problem solving, problem oriented policing and the SARA model which is scanning, analysis, response, assessment.

    -The Urge for Compassion and Respect
    Normally, the last person someone wants to see is a policemen or woman which makes their job difficult. Either a police officer is giving a ticket/fine for speeding or arresting someone it is essential for police officers to be firm, yet also show tolerance and compassion to civilians.

    -Determination to learn
    In any job police officer or anything, a student, a builder, a doctor and many more their is always going to be something new to learn and discover as nobody knows everything in the world. As a police officer you have to learn how to write reports, undertake with people, apprehend criminals, patrol areas and many more responsibilities just like any other job would have.

    -The Ability to follow orders
    Policemen and women have to be able to follow orders even if they thought that the task given to them was boring or unnecessary. It is important for them to follow and complete their given jobs even if they are appalling or monotonous (which means tedious or boring).


    All of these skills are relevant to every police officer as these things cannot be done by technological devices.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      extraordinary_thought's comment 04 Feb 2019

      This is a great comment that shows good empathy for the role of a police officer. Did you research this, or is it all your own work? If you researched it, please reply with a link to where you did your research so that other BNC member can find out more!

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  • Highdown-logo-250x250.jpg loving_quince | Highdown School
    07 Feb 2019

    I now think that the police are not being taken over by technology thanks to balanced_singer and honorable_conclusion. So, I (now) think that the police AREN'T being overtaken by technology but it helps them instead. They pretty much work with each other. We need the police to look at the security cameras when they catch something important.

    On the one hand, they’re not being taken over by technology but they rely on technology because the police might use technology like a tracking device on the criminals car. If the police has a criminal that keeps changing number plate, they might need to use a fancy device to find out where the criminal is so that they can catch them and arrest them.

    On the other hand, they are being taken over by technology because the police need technology to store data. For example, they need a database to store criminal records if someone gets sent to court two or more times then the judge will use the database for the criminal record and use it against the criminal in court. That also reduces crime too-some criminals are in prison. This is the other reason why the police aren't being taken over by technology.

    To conclude, I believe that he police aren't being taken over by technology.

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  • Beverley-St-Nicholas-logo-250x250.jpg rational_butterfly | Beverley St Nicholas Primary School
    08 Feb 2019

    No because they still come out and do there job they just use the technology to help them

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  • John-Ruskin-logo-250x250.jpg generous_banana | John Ruskin
    09 Feb 2019

    I think the technology is taking them over . On one hand , the police are being lazy because the devices are doing the job for them . However , on the other hand , the technology helps them identify the culprits so they can arrest/fine them . So my conclusion is the devices being used for police officers are 50/50 .

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  • Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg beloved_chocolate | Graveney School
    14 Feb 2019

    I do not think that the police are being taken over by technology, as even if technology s used, it still has to be operated by humans. For example, video cameras such as CCTV still have to be watched by humans, as the camera themselves only film, they cannot detect when somebody is committing a crime, this needs to be done by humans. As well as this, technology such as tracking devices still need to be checked by humans to tell where the tracked object is, although these devices do do a job originally carried out by people. Another example of why the police is not being taken over by technology is that technology cannot patrol streets as it cannot (yet!) detect when crimes are happening, nor sort them out or intervene, without human assistance, which shows that the humans are generally in control. In addition, robots cannot stop and search people in relation to knife crime.

    Also, although much technology is used in forensic sciences when investigating a crime, humans are still needed to handle evidence and operte technology, as the evidence needs to be kept very safe.

    Overall, I do not believe that the police are being taken over by technology, as, even if technology does take some of the jobs previously done by humans, humans are still needed to operate the technology.

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