Policing, surveillance and law in a pre-crime society: Understanding the consequences of technology based strategies.
|authors||Rosamunde van Brakel|
|Paul De Hert|
|journal||Cahiers Politiestudies (ISSN: 1784-5300)|
|issue||20. Technology-led policing|
|date of publication||Aug. 25, 2011|
The last decades have seen several trends emerging in policing, the policing landscape has become fragmented, (surveillance) technology is starting to play an increasingly important role in policing practices and recently new police models are more and more geared to predicting what will happen in the future. A first goal of this article is to explore new developments in policing and more specifically the focus will be on the huge expansion of the use of surveillance technologies by police, and the growing belief amongst both policy makers and police that it is possible, to a certain extent, by using surveillance technology to predict crime before it happens. A second goal is to explore a number of important unintended consequences that arise as a result of what we will call ‘preemptive policing’.