Criminals are constantly changing how they target their victims. Changes in technology have allowed criminals to access victims they never would have had access to before. As the crimes change, so do the techniques used to catch the criminals. Advances in technology and science have changed the requirements for crime fighters to be effective. This milestone gives you an opportunity to see the changes technology has made in the different branches of the criminal justice system. You may complete your project as either a Word document or as a presentation.
As technology evolves, criminal justice organizations need to be on the cutting edge of what is available to aid them in their investigations. In this part of the career investigation, you will need to think about the use of emerging technology in some scenarios involving each of the criminal justice branches to see which of the branches utilizes technology that interests you the most. Read the following scenarios and answer each prompt.
A police officer is assigned to conduct a burglary investigation. He describes the scene and says they found drops of blood, a hammer, shoeprints, and a handprint. What types of technology are available for him, and how does the technology impact his ability to conduct a thorough investigation?
A corrections officer is assigned to the visitors’ entrance at the prison. What types of technology are available to him, and how does the technology impact his ability to prevent visitors from smuggling in contraband?
A probation officer has been told that due to overcrowding in the state prison, nonviolent offenders will be released and put on probation. What types of technology are available to her, and how does the technology impact her ability to maintain contact with these probationers?
Select one court case where the use of technology was a driving factor, and discuss the impact of that case in reshaping the role of the law enforcement practitioner.
Based on the differences in available and emerging technology in each of the branches, which career path uses technology that you have the most interest in learning and utilizing, and why?