CJ499 Unit 8 Short Paper: Emerging Technologies

With the advent of various technological advancements, law enforcement efforts in the investigation and prosecution of crime have been met with positive results. However, with every advantage comes a disadvantage. Criminals have also benefited from these technologies and use the same advancements that law enforcement employs during the commission of their crimes, or as a tool for their crimes (this is evidenced in computer-related offenses and the misuse of the Internet). In a 3 – 4 page paper (excluding title and reference pages), address the following areas in full detail: 

summarize the advantages of computers/software and the use of computer technology in 

investigations, summarize the disadvantages to law enforcement with respect to the advancements of 

computers, research a case where the computer was used to aid in the commission of a crime, 

research a case where the use of the computer was beneficial to the prosecution in a criminal case, 

and provide a final conclusion/paragraph that addresses your subjective opinion as to whether these 

technologies, in an overall sense, are of benefit or a hindrance to law enforcement efforts.