What if police could take a picture of a suspect and search a database of open warrants? There’s an app for that, and UMUC criminal justice professors are talking about it.
“Imagine a Blackberry on steroids with capabilities of taking … photographs of suspects and doing database searches on face recognition,” says Mark DeSimone, a professor in the criminal justice program.
The technology is already being used in Baltimore, thanks to the Pocket Cop.
William Sondervan, executive director of public safety outreach in UMUC’s Graduate School, joined DeSimone to discuss new policing technologies and strategies, as well as UMUC’s partnership with the Baltimore Police Department and the collaborative leadership program, on the DC Public Safety Radio podcast.
Listen to the program to learn how smart phones are becoming Pocket Cops, how IBM is piloting crime prediction software in the region and how a task force used technology to combat robberies in Baltimore.
Sondervan and DeSimone also discuss how UMUC’s partnership with Baltimore Police Department was developed collaboratively with BPD Police Commissioner Fred Bealefeld to grow leaders in the city’s force.
DC Public Safety Radio podcast is produced by the D.C. Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency and hosted by Leonard Sipes. A transcript of the interview is also available.