Jeff Haire Assesses the Role of Technology in Modern Law Enforcement

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Law enforcement professional, consultant and writer Jeff Haire examines new tech gadgets being employed in the law enforcement field.

As a professional who is dedicated to improving law enforcement, reducing crime and enhancing communities, Jeff Haire is an advocate of new tools and resources that can help achieve these goals. As such, Haire points to a recent article from CBS Local that highlights how technology may improve the law enforcement experience, specifically through license plate reading tools.

The article explains the benefit of plate reading technology and states, “[This] system automatically captures license plate numbers and compares them to a database through a processor in the trunk, making it easy to track down suspects, stolen vehicles and even abducted children. The computer snaps a photo, too, so police know which vehicle to pursue.”

Jeff Haire responds, “Plate reading technology has definitely made law enforcement more efficient, but the subject has remained controversial, especially in regards to privacy, so only time will tell how widespread these kinds of resources will become.”

Apart from technology used in the day-to-day operations of law enforcement professionals, Jeff Haire notes that the progress is a double-sided coin. He states, “While the advancement of technology can help law enforcement professionals gain better insight on criminal activity and effectively prevent it, it is essential to note that much of the same technology is available to those committing crimes.”

A recent article from Signal Online takes a similar observation and reveals, “New information technologies have advanced the state of the art in law enforcement at the local level, but police now find themselves facing challenges brought about these innovative capabilities. Problems of security and adversarial use of cyber have added to traditional problems that police departments have faced for decades.”

The article continues, “Cathy Lanier, chief of the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department, told the audience at the AFCEA Global Intelligence Forum in the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., that she believes the Metropolitan Police Department is the most automated in the country. But, even though that technology is helping law enforcement solve crimes, criminals are using technology to their own advantage.”

“It is essential that law enforcement professionals not only understand these technologies for their own advantage, but also recognize the ways that criminals are using them. However, there is a lot of red tape that can prevent this kind of continued research and implementation from happening,” Haire explains.

While tech tools are likely to become more advanced in the near future, Haire also notes that technology runs the risk of separating law enforcement from the community. “It is essential that all professionals continue to stay connected to their communities, not just their devices, to ensure that their jurisdictions are safe, protected and informed,” Jeff Haire concludes.


Jeff Haire is a consultant and writer with a background in clinical psychology and law enforcement. An expert in job interviewing, Haire focuses most of his efforts on helping his clients hire and retain competent employees. He frequently works with public and private companies, assessing their potential employees’ backgrounds and character, as well as analyzing their forensic statements. Haire is a committed advocate for ethical, community-based policing. He was appointed as a community lead officer with the city of Torrance, California, a platform which enabled him to help reduce crime. Haire additionally helped found the Adopt-a-Cop Program, which assigns police officers mentoring roles for students in the Torrance Unified School District.

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