Hi-Tech Information
When you watch a police television show,
you should be impressed by the
incredibly advanced information
technology on display.  There just isn’t
any database that cannot be accessed
for the most accurate and up to date
information required to drive the plot.

There’s no question that information
technology is on the march with no end
in sight.  However, knowing how to
create the technology and transform that
technology into workable technology for
police work is an entirely different
matter.  When you become a police
officer, you’re going to be disappointed
when you see the limited uses for which
information technology will be available to
you.  You see, police departments have
to know what information they want to
put into the technology and how to
retrieve the information.
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Police Television Shows
Past and Present
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by Barry M. Baker
There are police departments all over the
country that have very expensive and
capable information technology systems.  
If you join a police department that brags
about its advanced information
technology, it may be a fact.  The part
that isn’t disclosed is that the
department is utilizing only a fraction of
the technology’s potential.  

When Edward Snowden exposed uses of
information technology being employed
by the National Security Agency, the
media did little more than expose its
ignorance of information technology.  
Aside from complaining about Snowden’s
lack of a college degree, the media
criticized the issuance of security
clearances to employees of private
contractors.  Who do the media think
creates all of the increasingly amazing

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federal agents and state troopers during
patrols and other police activities including
prostitution and narcotics stings. It is one of
the longest-running television programs in the
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longest-running show on Fox, following the
cancellation of America's Most Wanted after 23
This is a list of police television programs.
Dramas involving police procedural work, and
private detectives, secret agents, and the
justice system have been a mainstay of
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programming are indicated (e.g. reality
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