Academic Catalog

CJ105 Technology in Criminal Justice

This course provides a framework of information about technology and computers and specifically how they are used by criminals and law enforcement agencies. The course provides a classic book on police technology, suppemented with modern innovations. This allows a comparative approach to use of technology in policing, and recognition of the somewhat slow pace of approval to use new technologies against citizens.  It examines basic computer concepts and design, networking and information exchange, and then delves into more advanced and crime-specific technologies such as wiretaps, surveillance, and the use of technology in high-tech crimes, disaster response, and police protection. The study of technology is integrated into wider criminal justice themes: ethical and legal implications of technology; technology's place in the community based policing model; and, how technology impacts traditional criminal justice theories.