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Emerging Technology in CJ: Week 1

Week 1: Introduction to the Class; Protective Equipment

Introduction to the Class:

New technologies are continuously emerging. These technologies are critical to the criminal justice system’s ability to achieve its goals of preventing and controlling crime, administering justice, and assisting crime victims. Students are exposed to contemporary issues related to the use of emerging technologies in the criminal justice system. Topics include officer protection and crime prevention, public safety in critical incidents, communication and information technology, and investigative and investigative and forensic sciences.


Protective Equipment:

Officer protection is greatly enhanced with such products as ballistic helmets and visors, ballistic- and stab-resistant body armor, stab- and pathogen-resistant gloves, riot shields, and other items.

Office of Justice Programs and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. (2001). A resource guide to law enforcement, corrections, and forensic technologies (pp. 1-95) (United States, Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs and Office of Community Oriented Policing Services). Washington, DC: COPS: Community Oriented Policing Services.

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Library Criminal Justice Subject Guide

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CJ Subject Guide

Course Introduction Required Reading

Course Introduction
Required Reading

Body Armor

Required Reading

In the News:

Recommended Reading

Legal Case

Course Syllabus

Week 1: Videos

TEDGlobal (Producer). (2012, June). Mark Goodman: A vision of crimes in the future [Video file]. Retrieved from

The world is becoming increasingly open, and that has implications both bright and dangerous. Marc Goodman paints a portrait of a grave future, in which technology's rapid development could allow crime to take a turn for the worse.

Lam, M. (Producer), & Gundy, B. (Director). (2014). State of surveillance: Police, privacy and technology [Video file]. United States: KQED. Retrieved August 1, 2016, from

"State of Surveillance" examines new technologies police departments are using to fight crime and the civil liberties concerns raised by these tools.

NBC Learn & National Science Foundation (Director). (n.d.). Chemistry now: Chance discoveries: Kevlar [Video file]. Retrieved from

Part of a series on "Chance Discoveries" in chemistry, this video tells the story of lab work done in 1965 by DuPont chemist Stephanie Kwolek that unexpectedly produced Kevlar, a lightweight fiber five times stronger than steel. Kevlar fibers can be spun into anti-ballistic, shrapnel-resistant material for protective body armor worn by police forces, military troops and those in combat zones.