October 2016

Guest Editor – Betsy Self, IACP

New technology is developed every day—and such a rapid pace can make it difficult for professionals in any field to keep up. Many of these new or improved technologies have applications or implications for law enforcement officers in their day-to-day work. This issue explores some of those emerging technologies and provides valuable information for leaders regarding what tools exist, what challenges accompany new technologies, and how some members of law enforcement are using recently developed or updated technologies.

IACP 2016 will take place in San Diego, California, on October 15–18, 2016. Cover photo provided by San Diego Police Department.


  • Cybersecurity: A Call to Action for Police Executives

    Police executives need to understand four things about cybersecurity. First, there has been a dramatic increase in both the frequency and sophistication of cyber attacks such as ransomware and ad m...

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  • Biometric Identification Innovation: Iris Recognition

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) relies on its partnerships with local, state, tribal, and federal agencies to collaboratively guide courses of action when incorporating new technologies into...

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  • Implementing Evidence-Based Practices

    Many law enforcement organizations continue to struggle with development of evidence-based policies and practices, and some still question the actual validity of the endeavor. To some degree, this is ...

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  • Embracing the Cloud: How Third-Party Digital Evidence Can Make the Case

    As technology advances, it becomes a larger part of “traditional” criminal investigations that previously had little nexus with technology. Law enforcement administrators should consider proactive...

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  • Forensics and Biometrics: Emerging Technologies in Identity Operations

    Armed fighters in indigenous garb attack a squad of military police on a patrol. After the initial skirmish, the fighters surrender their arms and are detained by U.S. military forces, and a search of...

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  • Game Changer: The FBI’s RISC Mobile ID Query

    If criminals on the streets often have the best and latest technology to help them commit crimes and conceal identities, shouldn’t the officer on the street be equally well equipped to fight these c...

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  • Overcoming Law Enforcement Data Obstacles

    RMS (records management system) and CAD (computer-aided dispatch) are ac-ronyms that every police officer has probably heard at least once in his or her career. Similarly, predictive policing, intelli...

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  • The Three Keys to Managing Digital Evidence: Collection, Analysis, Sharing

    More than 5,700 runners were still out on the course when two explosions rocked the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Police officers, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), volunteers, and spec...

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  • 123rd Annual IACP Conference and Exposition

    The 123rd Annual Conference and Exposition of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP 2016) will convene Saturday, October 15, 2016, through Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at the San Diego...

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  • IACP 2016 Exhibitors

    IACP 2016's exposition includes more than 700 exhibitors who will be showcasing innovative and cutting-edge products and services for law enforcement agencies of all sizes and budgets. Visit the expos...

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  • October 2016 Exhibitor Update

    The Police Chief keeps you on the cutting edge of law enforcement technology with monthly product announcements. Items about new or improved products are based on news releases supplied by manufactur...

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