Fighting crime in the 21st Century Comments on Stories, posted by Editor, Pleasanton Weekly Online, on Feb 1, 2012 at 4:47 pm
It's no secret that over the past few years technology has changed the everyday lives of average citizens. The same can be said for the police force as technology continues to improve its ability to solve crimes, arrest suspects, and do it all under safer conditions for everyone involved. In fact, the amount of technology used on any regular day by an average patrol officer is astounding--far more than you can tell just by looking at the outside of a police car.
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Posted by Mittens, a resident of another community, on Feb 1, 2012 at 11:36 pm
This is what I've been emphasizing for some time now. With the added technology, we can afford to cut our local police forces by at least 20%. I feel bad about those who will be let go, but I don't worry too much because we've got an excellent safety net for the poor in this country. Until we develop a more viable and sustainable private police force, we'll have to deal with the socialistic dimension of public policing. Feels a little bit like Hungary, doesn't it? Way too much state intervention.
Posted by Huh?, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 2, 2012 at 12:02 am
Once again, huh? To "Mittens" (or Mr. Slippers): so are you comparing the present-day Pleasanton with the Cold-war Hungary behind the Iron Curtain with no modern technology? Or are you attempting to equate 2012 Pleasanton's technology, that utilized by the city, technology developed by independent, small start-ups, (the very backbone and fabric on which this great *capitalist* nation of ours was founded), with a Hungary under the Communist Party of Hungary or the Hungarian Socialist Democratic Party? Whoa, seems as if someone might need/want a short history refresher.
Posted by Mittens, a resident of another community, on Feb 2, 2012 at 12:27 am
Tsk tsk, huh? (Bet you say that a lot, huh?) My point is that Hungary, along with the rest of the Soviet EMPIRE, became topheavy with public police who meddled in everyone's affairs. With our new fantastic technology, we can streamline our police forces. Robotics has displaced corrupt and evil union factory workers, computers (and eventually domestic-drones) will displace the overpaid police in this country. Golly, that's what capitalism is all about isn't it!?
And those displaced police can do something else with their lives. Like start a hedgefund management firm. Or buy out some company or something. The world is their oyster, and there's always a safety net for those who are too lazy to succeed.
Posted by Bill, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Feb 2, 2012 at 12:35 pm
Probably mean thermal imaging "sensors" not "lights". Infra-Red emitting lights can be used to illuminate objects in the dark so that they can be seen under an Infra-Red scope or camera. Thermal imaging does not rely on light, but rather heat radiated from a source, like a human body or warm car engine.
Both technologies have their limitations, but when used together they provide a powerful crime fighting tool.