This past weekend at the 120th Annual International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference and Law Enforcement Education and Technology Exposition in Philadelphia, PA, attendees got to hear an ominous warning from at least two different sources: Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan, and Philadelphia Police Chief Charles Ramsey. The Edward Snowden incident has fueled concerns by the American public that the country is being turned into a police/surveillance state. Furthermore, failure to understand this trend and handle it in an open and forthright manner could mean Federal, State and local law enforcement will be denied technologies that potentially hold high value for crime fighting. More below:
(Reuters, October 20, 2013)
(Kenneth Lipp, October 20, 2013)
Comment: No doubt gentlemen. A way forward which preserves individual freedoms in an environment where technology can provide a "personal where" at any given moment, will have to be carefully charted if law enforcement is going to have effective use of the full range of current and future crime stopping tools.