If there’s one aspect of American policing that has changed more than all others combined in recent decades, it’s the influx of computer technology.
Lone gone are the days when tough-talking, cigar-chomping detectives typed reports out by hand on an old typewriter.
These days, especially when it comes to criminal records and reports, automation has made it a lot easier to do the paperwork part of the job.
But with increased convenience comes increased risk.
The fact is, outside of a very small number of law enforcement agencies, there are not a lot of highly skilled technical experts that really have a handle on how technology works.
This is particularly problematic when it comes to law enforcement agencies being virtually hijacked and their data held for ransom.
That just happened to a small agency in Massachusetts.