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IACP 2013: Philly Chief Says Police Tech Is 'Benefactor and a Curse'

October 20, 2013  | 

Photo via IACP.
Photo via IACP.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey addressed law enforcement's often ambivalent approach to technology Saturday as he opened the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference.

Commissioner Ramsey, who began his police career in 1968, told a packed room at the Philadelphia Convention Center that more tools are available to law enforcement now than at any earlier time.

"Technology is a powerful tool, both a benefactor and a curse to policing," he said.

Commissioner Ramsey spoke at the IACP show at a time when law enforcement leaders are grappling with technology and integration in their agencies. He also referenced recent criticism of stop-and-frisk policies in cities around the country.

"There's more visibility on how we use our discretion," he said. "Our fundamental role is to protect constitutional rights."

Commissioner Ramsey delivered the keynote to the annual IACP show that draws hundreds of police chiefs and command staff members from around the country. This year marks the 120th edition of the five-day conference.

Comments (2)

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DEADMAN @ 10/21/2013 1:53 PM

And things get done in spite of police chiefs ,how would you like to be the moron in charge of The Cleveland Police Department,an empty suit.

Lt Dan @ 10/22/2013 5:35 AM

Such a paradox of words. Chief Ramsey, a puppet for gun control, who wears his Chief's uniform while speaking out against constitutionally protected firearm's ownership rights say "Our fundamental role is to protect constitutional rights".

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