Cja304 Technology and Communication Essay

1134 WordsOct 13, 20145 Pages
Technology and Communication Technology and Communication In the early days of criminal justice a police officer who needed to communicate with his headquarters was required to locate and use a Police Call Box. This extra set of steps to call for assistance increased response time and delayed the necessary help that was needed. In the 1930 Motorola began working on an in-car radio that would allow the headquarters to send messages to the officers in the field directly to their cars. In 1936 Paul V. Galvin designed and distributed the first in-car two way radio for police to use in the field called the Motorola “Police Cruiser”( "Motorola solutions: Calling all cars,"2013). Technology has influenced the way people communicate in the criminal justice system for decades from vacuum tubes, to transistors, and to the microchip. Society relies on technology to communicate within databases in the criminal justice field more today than ever before. One such technological database that exists today is the mobile data terminals (MDT). These semi-portable car mounted systems allow an officer to communicate with dispatch or other officers in the field and make that communication far faster and easier than in the past. With an MDT an officer can call up instant results on a person without the need for waiting on dispatch to send that information to that officer. This technology can keep the officer safer because the less time it takes to identify a potential problem in the field is less time that the individual in question has to think about causing trouble. Within the last 15 years many police departments have opted to stay up-to-date with current technology and replace the dated MDT’s with MDC’s, or mobile digital computers to help the officers gain better data and faster response times (Carson, 1995). The need for an

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