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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 technology?

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TV Shows
Cops (stylized as COPS) is an American documentary /
reality legal series that follows police officers, constables,
sheriff's deputies, 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 United States and, as of May 2011, the
longest-running show on Fox, following the cancellation of
America's Most Wanted after 23 years.
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 broadcast television since the early days of
broadcasting. Shows that are not dramatic programming
are indicated (e.g. reality television, comedy or
comedy-drama).