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<p>Illustration: Giuseppe JO Cafaro</p>

Looking Forward  

October 11, 2016

By David Griffith

We'll do a little bit of looking at the past in the last two articles of this special feature section. But we decided it might be more interesting to look forward instead of look back.

<p>Illustration: Giuseppe JO Cafaro</p>

Policing in 2056  

October 11, 2016

By Christopher B. Kuch and David Griffith

Rather than create a wish list of police gear we would all like the future to bring, we're going to try to show how the technologies in development and the events of today will affect the law enforcement officers of the future.

<p>Brite Computers Q736 Tablet</p>

Handheld Mobile Devices  

October 11, 2016

By Katherine Fleming and Megan Satalich

These devices take police technology into the 21st century, making it easier for officers to issue citations, scan documents, and communicate. Designed to provide multiple solutions, each product is rugged enough to accomplish any number of tasks regardless of weather conditions.

<p>Microsoft&#39;s Advanced Patrol Platform features technology running on the Azure cloud. (Photo: Microsoft)</p>

The Cloud: Beyond Data Storage  

October 10, 2016

By David Griffith

Many law enforcement agencies have turned to the cloud as a solution for their data needs and for delivering mission critical information to officers in the field.

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Think Before You Hit Send  

October 10, 2016

By Laura Scarry

What about those text messages and emails that are sent on officers' personal devices? Are they safe from scrutinizing eyes?

Better Than a Crystal Ball  

September 6, 2016

By Ronnie Garrett

Can you predict the future? Some agencies are finding that you can by using tools that enable them to perform predictive policing, which is defined as the use of mathematical, predictive, and analytical techniques in law enforcement to identify and disrupt criminal activity.

FirstTwo: Incident Intel at Your Fingertips  

September 2, 2016

By David Griffith

There is a staggering amount of information about people and places that can be harvested on the internet and through social media, if you know how to find it and compile it.

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Ransomware: Digital Extortion  

September 1, 2016

By David Griffith

In just the first quarter of this year ransomware attacks extorted more than $200 million from victims, including individuals, businesses, hospitals, government offices, and law enforcement.

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The Time is Right for Big Data Solutions  

September 1, 2016

By Louis F. Quijas

No longer the exclusive domain of the IT department, newer big data solutions are now designed to be used by front line analysts and investigators, with just one or two days of training and without the need for sophisticated oversight.

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Getting Your Unmanned Aircraft Program Off the Ground  

August 12, 2016

By Brook Rollins

Because of relaxed FAA requirements for law enforcement operations of unmanned aircraft, now is a very good time for agencies to consider adding "drones" to their emergency response resources.

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