Technology Transforming Law Enforcement


Law enforcement has undergone a fundamental transformation in just the last 20 years. Today, the prevention, detection, and investigation of crime bears little resemblance to the way it was conducted in the 1970s. Technology has played a large role in helping change the way law enforcement agencies conduct investigations. Computers alone have made it possible to accurately track and gather data, including where and when crimes are committed and have also enabled the sharing of resources between law enforcement agencies. In addition, advancements in aviation, communications, detection and surveillance, and biometrics have provided useful methods for combating criminal activities.

The national American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Justice Conference, scheduled for November 2 to 5 at The Modern Honolulu, fosters the exchange of information and knowledge between members, professional organizations, and the public for high-quality planning, design, and delivery of justice architecture. The Academy of Architecture for Justice is committed to improving the quality and effectiveness of the U.S. justice system by increasing the level of excellence in justice facility design.

In conjunction with law enforcement agencies, Oceanit works on the research and design of products and services for many sectors, including law enforcement. Dr. Patrick K. Sullivan, Oceanit founder and CEO, will present the latest innovations being developed at Oceanit to meet the growing needs of law enforcement agencies in Hawai’i and abroad. Teams at Oceanit practice transdisciplinary thinking to allow for extraordinary problem solving across disciplinary boundaries in science, engineering, and technology. Nanotechnologists work alongside structural engineers to create advanced materials, software, and sensor and communication systems to enhance law enforcement.

The Academy of Architecture for Justice Conference provides an opportunity to discover a host of best ideas and practices for courts, detention/correction, and public safety facilities. For more information about the November conference, please visit the American Institute of Architects website.