N.Y.P.D. (USA, 1967-1969) - N.Y.P.D. is the
title of a half-hour American television crime
drama of the 1960s set in the context of the
New York City Police Department.  The cast
included Jack Warden as Lt. Mike Haines,
Robert Hooks as Detective Jeff Ward, and
Frank Converse as Detective Johnny Corso.
Among the acting personalities who appeared
in the series were Al Pacino, Jane Elliot, Ralph
Waite, Harvey Keitel, James Earl Jones,
Gretchen Corbett, and Roy Scheider.  
NYPD Blue (USA, 1993-2005) - NYPD Blue is
an American television police drama set in New
York City, exploring the internal and external
struggles of the fictional 15th precinct of
Manhattan.  Each episode typically covers a
day and intertwines several plots involving an
ensemble cast.
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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NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative
Service) is more than just an action
drama. With liberal doses of humor, it's a
show that focuses on the sometimes
complex and always amusing dynamics of
a team forced to work together in
high-stress situations. NCIS Special
Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, a former
Marine gunnery sergeant, whose skills as
an investigator are unmatched, leads this
troupe of colorful personalities. Gibbs, a
man of few words, only needs a look to
explain it all. The team includes NCIS
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo, an
ex-homicide detective whose instincts in
the field are unparalleled and whose quick
wit and humorous take on life make him a
team favorite; the youthful and energetic
forensic specialist Abby Sciuto, a talented
scientist whose sharp mind matches her
Goth style and eclectic tastes, NCIS
Special Agent Timothy McGee, an MIT
graduate whose brilliance with computers
far overshadows his insecurities in the
field, and Ziva David, perhaps the most
dangerous member of the team, a former
Mossad agent now Probationary Agent
and newly sworn in U.S. citizen. Assisting
the team is medical examiner Dr. Donald
"Ducky" Mallard, who knows it all because
he's seen it all...
Police Shows
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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