Law enforcement organizations in the U.S. increasingly depend on the latest technology, including high-speed cash counters, to aid in fighting crime. Criminal justice requires swift action to cut down on illegal activities as quickly as possible, and digital tools are often an important part of achieving this objective. However, it's not as easily attainable as many may hope.
Law enforcement has a positive view of crime-fighting software
A recent study conducted by software provider Wynyard Group found that 90 percent of roughly 300 police chiefs, federal investigators and several other high-ranking individuals in law enforcement believe the future of the industry is in analytics software that can help investigators identify trends and solve crimes more efficiently.
By and large, budgets are the No. 1 impediment to crime-fighting software adoption. The Great Recession has caused reductions in the budgets of many law enforcement organizations across the country.
Law enforcement groups face obstacles when integrating software solutions
Adoption rates are relatively low. Only 35 percent said they used software to assist in criminal investigations and intelligence operations. Among those that do, 63 percent said they used the technology in drug-related crimes.
As a result, law enforcement officers have had to make adjustments to their operating procedures. For instance, a number of organizations no longer respond to motor vehicle thefts, automobile accidents that don't cause injuries and burglar alarms.
Organizations can make better use of their budgets
The Wynyard Group survey found 37 percent of criminal justice leaders said they would dedicate new funds toward software, with the primary benefits cited as being able to connect the dots between data points with greater speed and accuracy. The primary objective then for many law enforcement organizations is to reduce overhead costs.
"The Pennsylvania Attorney General Bureau of Narcotics Investigation invested in cash counters to eliminate manual sorting and scanning, a repetitive process that often results in human error."
With respect to drug-related offenses, law enforcement professionals regularly need to handle significant amounts of cash, which is ultimately destined for the evidence department. The Pennsylvania Attorney General Bureau of Narcotics Investigation invested in cash counters to eliminate manual sorting and scanning, a repetitive process that often results in human error.
The Pennsylvanian law enforcement agency added nine JetScan iFX devices, which can scan and record the serial numbers of up to 1,200 bills per minute and identify counterfeit money. More importantly, this information can be uploaded into a centralized database to be stored and shared across departments, which aids in ongoing and new criminal investigations. Agencies like the Bureau of Narcotics Investigations collect, scan and sort evidence more quickly.
To free up budgets and labor for other technology solutions, law enforcement organizations should take advantage of cash counters to increase efficiency.
November 13, 2014