Methods for Data Collection: Obtaining Criminal Information
CJ216-03 Computers, Technology, and Criminal Justice Information Systems Professor Stephen Cogger
January 28, 2012
Most people have been pulled over by a police officer at least once in their lives. It may have been for a simple license check, insurance check, or running a stop sign. In most cases an identification check of the driver is needed, as is the case with the Uncle Bob scenario. This paper will discuss the methods of which an officer uses to gather data on Uncle Bob. Communication Methods
Uncle Bob is from California he was stopped for speeding in Miami Florida and then was arrested. The Florida police department knows his name, birth date, height, and weight. They also know the dates of his offenses, trial, and punishment. Throughout history technology has changed the way of communication. A police officer’s primary source of information came from the people who lived in the community, or in the beat they walked (Foster, R. E. (2005). A Brief History of Police Technology. Police technology (p.112). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall). Nowadays agencies use technology to gather information on a person by way of radio, computers, and record automation. Fingerprint technology is another way for communicating data and this form of communication displays tactical and strategic values of information in law enforcement. Mobile wireless fingerprint capture devices can be used in the field during traffic stops or at crime scenes to determine in a matter of minutes whether or not an individual is wanted or has outstanding warrants (Foster, 2005). Any one of the devices could have been used in Uncle Bob’s case and this is possibly one of the ways the officer found information from California that was useful and aided in the arrest. As mentioned earlier record automation is a technology used to gather...