RoboCop: Wearable Technology for Policing
*This article is part of IPS’ July focus on technology and its impact on public safety.*
By Mark Bond, professor of Criminal Justice at American Military University
Computing is rapidly advancing with wearable technologies that can be adapted for law enforcement application. Many departments have already started experimenting with adaptable versions of Google Glass, smart clothes, Apple Watch, and body-worn cameras.
The Future of Wearable Technology for Law Enforcement
Body-worn cameras have gotten a lot of attention in the last few years. Many departments have adopted some form of this wearable video/camera technology to protect officers and to satisfy public demands for more accountability.
Law enforcement and the criminal justice system have been quick to adopt technology for efficiency and safety. As wearable technology continues to advance, law enforcement will be at the forefront helping computer engineers and inventors test and modify technology into a useful tool to make our communities safer.
The Possibilities of Wearable Technologies
Here are a few wearable technologies that are on the horizon. Could these items benefit law enforcement?
- The Cicret Bracelet: Like a tablet…but on your skin
- Turn Signal Motorcycle Jacket
- Developing the first wearable drone camera
- Dubai Police to use Google Glass to catch traffic violators
- Wearable technology improves communication with service dogs
A similar version of this article was posted on E-Roll Call Magazine.
About the Author: Mark Bond worked in law enforcement and has been a firearms trainer for more than 29 years. His law enforcement experience includes the military, local, state, and federal levels as a police officer and criminal investigator. Mark obtained a BS and MS in Criminal Justice, and M.Ed in Educational Leadership with Summa Cum Laude Honors. As a lifelong learner, he is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in education with a concentration in distance education. Mark is currently an assistant professor of criminal justice at American Military University & American Public University and is one of the faculty directors in the School of Public Service & Health. You can contact him at Mark.Bond@mycampus.apus.edu.