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Special Focus: Communications

Law enforcement struggles with the difficult decisions associated with implementing communications and information technology systems. System integration can improve accuracy, reduce redundant data entry, be cost-effective, improve decision making, provide officer safety, and help with investigations. At the same time, law enforcement must recognize the autonomy of the departments and be able to protect the security of the data and information as well as control the costs.

To assist the law enforcement executive with an understanding of the communications field, the following articles have been developed. The articles describe national advocacy for law enforcement communications needs, homeland security initiatives, a regional initiative, and then a local department's implementation of tactical system.

Guest Editors: Jennifer Hicks, Project Manager, Law Enforcement Information Technology Standards Council, International Association of Chiefs of Police; G. Matthew Snyder, Administrator, IACP Technology Center; and Harlin R. McEwen, Chair, IACP Communications and Technology Committee, Chief of Police (Retired), Ithaca, New York


From The Police Chief, vol. 71, no. 4, April 2004. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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