Digital Transformation Law Enforcement
There are several questions likely to be posed to current law enforcement officers, who are currently responsible for digital transformation implementation within their departments. There will be great political and legal pressure, which is going to force the nation’s top law enforcement officers to do their duties according to the law. These officials have not always had the best relationships with local law enforcement agencies. As a result, they may not fully know how to use the tools available to them to combat today’s crime. The good news is that they can now make decisions that are guided by the Constitution.
There will be questions, however, as to whether or not these leaders really understand how to use their police equipment and digital information systems to assist law enforcement agencies in doing their jobs. Leaders in local law enforcement agencies should be asked to step forward before the public and explain what steps they are taking to convert digital information systems into effective crime fighting tools. They should be expected to answer such inquiries as how they are planning to use digital disruption in conjunction with traditional law enforcement resources. Leaders must also be expected to describe how they will work with other local, state, and federal agencies to enhance cooperation and communication.
There will also be questions as to what police equipment and digital information systems will be using to accomplish this transformation. Often, the answer will come in the form of an in-house strategic plan. In many cases, the answers will be provided in partnership with outside agencies that work in conjunction with law enforcement agencies. There is no doubt that it will be necessary for such partners to come up with a comprehensive plan. This partner may want to partner with a particular police department to implement digital disruption.
There will also be questions about how such partnerships will coordinate and how such departments will get to work together. In most cases, federal partners will not want to wait for state and local law enforcement agencies to act. The federal government will often want to dictate the way in which state and local law enforcement agencies do their job. Such federal action will likely be challenged by state and local jurisdictions.
Information sharing is an issue that will face both federal and state enforcement agencies. In many instances, law enforcement officers have a working relationship with FBI agents. FBI agents appreciate having regular contact with local law enforcement agencies. This allows the two agencies to share intelligence information on the criminals that are not always caught by law enforcement agencies. Sharing information will be critical in the ongoing fight against terrorism.
One more important issue will come up because of the increasing reliance on digital communication in the United States. Digital surveillance has become a critical component of law enforcement operations. This type of digital information can help to catch criminals. However, it also allows terrorists to communicate and plot against the United States. A good example of this would be encrypted phone technology.
There will likely be times when law enforcement needs to share information with the public. It will be necessary for this to happen in order to protect the American people. Sharing such information with the public will likely be at the request of members of the press, including members of the press that are adversarial towards law enforcement. Such requests will need to go through a Freedom of Information Act request. Agencies must go through proper channels to make sure such information does exist. If a reporter does obtain such information illegally, it can cause a great deal of embarrassment for the agency that was subjected to such leaks.
There will also be instances when law enforcement works with a private firm that assists them in using digital communication. This can work when a suspect is being questioned in a criminal case. Sometimes, a private firm will assist law enforcement in finding digital communications. However, not all communications can be shared. This is why it is important to watch for when using digital communication and when there is a legal necessity to share information with the public.
Deepak Wadhwani has over 20 years experience in software/wireless technologies. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies including Intuit, ESRI, Qualcomm, Sprint, Verizon, Vodafone, Nortel, Microsoft and Oracle in over 60 countries. Deepak has worked on Internet marketing projects in San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange Country, Denver, Nashville, Kansas City, New York, San Francisco and Huntsville. Deepak has been a founder of technology Startups for one of the first Cityguides, yellow pages online and web based enterprise solutions. He is an internet marketing and technology expert & co-founder for a San Diego Internet marketing company.