Law enforcement doesn’t resemble Robocop in 2030, but technology continues to play an important role in policing. Developments in surveillance, data management techniques, and investigative tools require new police academy graduates to have an interest and skill for working with technologies in a way that combines with the need to solve or prevent crime, and the respect for the communities that are under their watch.
No matter what technological advances arrive in the next twenty years, there is still a very strong need for police officers to strengthen interpersonal ties with local communities where they work.
An increase in cybercrime is why police officers need to be comfortable with the latest technology. Being able to understand new crimes that rely on Internet technology is essential, though many younger officers bring their generational expertise to this area. Forensic sciences continue to provide tools that help police to collect evidence and piece together criminal events, and big data analysts use statistics to boost regular police work. However, no matter what technological advances arrive in the next twenty years, there is still a very strong need for police officers to strengthen interpersonal ties with local communities where they work. Good interviewing skills and the ability to understand people will always fill the gap that technology leaves. This has led to two types of policing: some work closely with the public, while others will work behind the scenes preventing cybercrime.
Job Requirements / Skills
For certain police officers in 2030, a background in cyber technologies is essential. This ability to monitor, track, and pursue criminals in the online world needs to be paired with solid ethics to protect both the officer and the community they are serving. On the other hand, police officials with keen people skills who communicate well and can build trust with the community are needed to fight crimes that take place between people. Basic, universal police training and training in sociology, psychology, and social work are very helpful.