IACP Releases Technology Policy Framework to Aid Law Enforcement Agencies in the Planning, Management, and Use of New and Emerging Technologies

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January 8, 2014

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IACP Releases Technology Policy Framework to Aid Law Enforcement Agencies in the Planning, Management, and Use of New and Emerging Technologies

Alexandria, VA – In response to the growing use of new and emerging technologies by law enforcement agencies, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has released a Technology Policy Framework to help law enforcement executives create policies that support responsible technology deployment and use.

Technology plays a critical and increasingly important role in the daily work of law enforcement officers in the field, equipping them with enforcement and investigative tools that have the potential to make them safer, better informed, and more effective and efficient. Many communities around the nation, however, have or are considering limiting or even rejecting the use of some technologies, including automated license plate readers, unmanned aerial systems, and video surveillance systems.

To promote public confidence and address privacy concerns, the IACP believes it is imperative that law enforcement agencies create and enforce comprehensive policies governing the deployment and use of these technologies and the data they provide. The IACP's Technology Policy Framework is a critical tool to help law enforcement executives establish effective agency policies regarding the use of technologies and to reassure the public that their privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties are recognized and protected.

The Technology Policy Framework highlights important factors to take into account when deciding whether to incorporate and integrate certain technologies. More importantly, it identifies nine universal principles that should be considered when developing effective policies.

The IACP's Technology Policy Framework was created in consultation with law enforcement executives and subject matter experts representing IACP Divisions, Committees, Sections, the IACP National Law Enforcement Policy Center, and other organizations and groups, including the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council, Major Cities Chiefs Association, National Sheriffs' Association, Major County Sheriffs' Association, the Institute for Intergovernmental Research, the Integrated Justice Information Systems Institute, and federal partners.

A copy of the complete report can be found by visiting the IACP's website at http://www.theiacp.org/ViewResult?SearchID=2361.

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