Welcome to part 2 of our 6-part series and today we are going to be breaking down the question:
Has your department implemented a process to assess the various new technologies available?
With the ability to code more prevalent, and the advancement of API’s (application Programming Interface), technology is exploding across all sectors, including law enforcement. Some of the more unique solutions out there include virtual headset training for engagement of people with different disorders, Artificial Intelligence software that can take your data and “predict” future occurrences, and even our software that has the ability to drill down on possible suspects across tattoos, cars, associates, social media, or any other datapoint that you may collect, from any device. All of the solutions out there have come to market due to a need in the industry, but the key is connecting the department to them. In addition, if they do reach out, is there a process in place to effectively vet them?
Let’s start with the basics. The key here is understanding from a leadership level, what you would like to improve on. Annual assessments, internal surveys, and managerial feedback are all ways to establish this. Once you have an understanding of where you may see some benefit, have a team do some basic research to the more established companies in that space to get a good understanding of the baseline before you begin looking at all of the options. A lot of the veteran companies will have use cases as well that will assist with seeing the vision of new technology.
As mentioned above, just as important as proactively working on your gaps is being able to receive incoming companies targeting you to assist. Most companies are looking for you, so it is important to be able to understand quickly which one of the many may benefit. I have seen some instances where departments develop a team that can engage these companies and assess what they bring to the table. Regardless of the way you execute on that process, the goal is to ensure no new technology gets overlooked that may have been what you were looking for all along.
While GangScope does not directly provide services for this, we are one of those companies that has solutions for you. We understand the pitfalls associated with trying to introduce solutions into law enforcement agencies and not being able to share what we do, only to find that same department leave their contact information on our website saying they have been looking for something like this for years. I believe the phrase is “Help us help you”! Until next time… stay safe and continue the essential work of keeping us protected.
The GangScope Team