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NCJ Number: 120395 Find in a Library
Title: Future Technology and International Investigations: A U.S. Perspective (From Transnational Crime: Investigative Responses, P 89-99, 1989, Harold E Smith, ed. -- See NCJ-120383)
Author(s): M L Rodriguez
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL 60607-2919
Sale Source: University of Illinois at Chicago
Office of International Criminal Justice
1033 West Van Buren Street, Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60607-2919
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The emergence of national and international organized crime cartels requires the development and application of appropriate law enforcement technology.
Abstract: Organized crime groups on the national and international level are moving to a vantage point where the formation of loose confederations of autonomous criminal groups results in economic benefits for all group members. The national and international aspect of criminal activity poses a unique challenge to law enforcement, and a single law enforcement agency cannot cope with crime of this complexity. Information sharing is essential and can be accomplished through informal, semiformal, and formal networking. Formal networking is the most effective arena for action against organized international crime, for example, the exchange of information between the U.S. Customs Office and the West German National Police. Technological advances relevant to the fight against organized crime include the Automated Fingerprint Identification System, digitized fingerprint transmission, DNA identification, and the Direct Electronic Fingerprinting System. The U.S. Department of Justice publishes a directory of automated criminal justice information systems in use by various agencies throughout the United States. On an international level, Interpol is the agency in a position to automate and apply technology to criminal investigations.
Main Term(s): Organized crime
Index Term(s): Automated fingerprint processing; International cooperation; Investigative techniques; Science and Technology
Note: Paper presented at the 3rd Annual Symposium on International Criminal Justice Issues, University of Illinois at Chicago
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