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Armed with Artificial Intelligence: Cutting-Edge Resources Enhancing Law Enforcement

Jim Garlock By: Paul Bracht


The versatility of Artificial Intelligence has augmented several industries, and its unprecedented value is reinforced by its enhancement from adept software specialists, who design and implement it to streamline workflow and optimize overall practices to propel industries into modernity. Artificial Intelligence’s application within the challenging world of law enforcement has enabled personnel to expedite document processing and gain a unique insight into data that can further assist with unsolved crimes.

Artificial Intelligence can provide law enforcement with cutting-edge resources to mitigate crime and counter the continued trend of decreasing staff retention. Still, advocacy groups have cautioned decision-makers about its drawbacks, citing case law that states it may pose a threat to civil liberties. Government officials have responded, but heavy investments, according to a recent study by Stanford University, report an allocation of $3.3 billion for AI-based resources within the FBI, CIA, and U.S. Army, showing a great deal of confidence in AI’s demonstrative success across several industries.

Augmented Artificial Intelligence: A New Resource for Law

Software development experts have augmented Artificial Intelligence with predictive analytics designed to process large data sets and forecast future outcomes. The deployment of analytics within law enforcement enables personnel to further study community demographics and crime trends and quickly generate highly detailed reports. The reports can be customized to offer greater insight into neighborhoods impacted by crime.

The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program recently reported the U.S. had over 5 million larceny thefts with an average of $1,162 per offense. Prosecution of any crime requires considerable due diligence and expenses. However, utilizing tech-based resources like AI enables law enforcement personnel to expedite report intake and document processing and facilitate data-driven decisions to respond accordingly.

Software experts can customize data study parameters to include nuanced details in each crime report, such as time of day, victim age, street location, and other factors. Law enforcement personnel can proactively strategize how to monitor and respond to crimes instead of relying on traditional methods of responding to crime reports after an occurrence. Predictive analytics enable law enforcement officials to plan patrols, schedule rosters, and appropriately allocate resources.

Cold case files continue to challenge law enforcement. The FBI’s Uniform Crime Report data states unsolved cold cases within the U.S. increased to 6,000 annually, causing higher department costs in the face of budgetary issues. Artificial Intelligence remains an intriguing solution for cold case investigators because enhancements by software specialists include pattern detection and the unprecedented ability to process error-free data sets. Additionally, software development experts automate ‘boiler plate’ tasks, such as documentation and data entry, eliminating manual data input while completing error-free tasks. Artificial Intelligence’s application within cold case police work can enable establishing and connecting more nuanced, evidentiary clues that may have previously gone overlooked. Tech resources have the power to expedite processes efficiently and provide users with unique insight to complete more accurate, data-driven decisions. The success rate of solving cold cases remains low, but law enforcement’s deployment of AI-based resources may provide a much-needed new resource to increase it.

AI-Image Analysis Remains Contested

Law enforcement’s recent deployment of AI-based image analysis has been lauded by The National Institute of Justice. This praise is attributed to high success rates of identifying suspects within crowds and the accurate monitoring of suspect whereabouts utilizing the least invasive methods. Law enforcement studies report that image analysis can be implemented using methods like digital fingerprinting, relying on enhanced software-based resources to track suspects within multiple locations.

Law enforcement personnel have stated that AI-based image analysis reduces human errors associated with suspect identification; still, civil liberties advocacy groups argue image analysis violates privacy, has limited oversight, and has mistakenly identified innocent individuals. Legal advocates have filed briefs alleging facial recognition software does not always produce accurate results.

New technology has never eluded careful legal scrutiny, but AI-based resources have proven successful across several industries. Applied within law enforcement, we see several positives that can be utilized to reduce crime and optimize processes. Civil liberties advocates are not calling to ban AI-based image analysis but for more safeguards and oversight to ensure all deployment meets the legal privacy standard.

Modernizing Law Enforcement with Critical New Funding

Artificial Intelligence has enabled several industries to streamline workflow and optimize protocols. The Biden Administration continues to recognize the versatility and value of AI and calls for additional oversight of its implementation. The Office of Management and Budget seeks to review and draft policy guidance on the proper usage of AI-based resources within government agencies. Officials are not seeking to stop civil liberties advocates' efforts but to create guidelines for the safe and responsible adoption of AI-based resources. The Biden Administration seeks to allocate $39.7 billion in 2024 for the Department of Justice to invest significantly in tech-based resources to modernize operations.

Software development experts continue collaborating with law enforcement, and the integration of tech resources within law enforcement has yielded positive outcomes. With the advent of Artificial Intelligence, we see this cutting-edge resource enhance police work and provide personnel with another tool to optimize processes and assist officials in achieving goals of mitigating crime, closing cold cases, and improving quality of life for all citizens. As legal advocates continue debating AI’s alleged privacy violations, we see its demonstrative success across multiple industries, reinforcing its versatility and growing role in today’s world.


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