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S L Spiegel
Date Published
93 pages
This research examines how the availability of military technology will impact mid-sized law enforcement agencies by the year 2002.
The importance of this issue was established through an extensive review of available futures file literature, discussion, and interaction with law enforcement and military professionals, as well as community leaders. The subissues identified are the kinds of technology that will be available, the law enforcement applications of military technology, and how the technology will be obtained. For the purposes of the study, the model agency is a mid-sized department of 100-350 sworn personnel. The project methodology used a panel of seven members, each having management of policymaking experience in law enforcement, city government, or the private sector. Additionally, interviews were conducted with defense industry and military personnel. Following a detailed analysis of current trends and potential future events, the panelists selected five trends and five events they believed had high probabilities of occurrence and which would have the greatest impact on the availability of military technology to the law enforcement community. The panel then forecast how these trends and events would impact each other and the issue. The preferred strategy for addressing the impact is to create a law enforcement consortium to review military technologies and establish an acquisition process. Phase one of the implementation plan would establish a core group of planners to identify and cultivate the formulation team for the consortium. Phase two would identify the military technologies, and phase three would reevaluate the stakeholders affected by the plan. Phase four would develop a communication plan to communicate the mission and strategies, as well as the implementation. Phase five would reassess the needs and objectives. A transition management plan is provided. A 6-item bibliography