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Visions of Law Enforcement Technology in the Period 2024-2034: Report of the Law Enforcement Futuring Workshop

"This report describes the results of the Law Enforcement Futuring Workshop, which was held at RAND's Washington Office in Arlington, Virginia, from July 22 to 25, 2014. The objective of this workshop was to identify high-priority technology needs for law enforcement based on consideration of current and future trends in society, technology, and law enforcement over a ten- to 20-year time period." 

Five chapters comprise this report: introduction; methodology; future law enforcement scenarios-current position, current roles of technology, emerging uses of technology, and future scenarios; technology needs-ranking, topic areas of ranked technology needs, and technology categorization of ranked technology needs; and conclusions-information sharing as a driver toward desirable futures, education and development as a driver, technology research and development as a driver, and conclusions from the workshop. 

"The output of this workshop described in the report included ten future scenarios and 30 technology needs. The technology needs fell into three general categories - technology-related knowledge and practice, information sharing and use, and technological research and development - and were placed into three priority tiers."