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Police Technology
Raymond E. Foster  More Info

Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster, LAPD (ret.), was a sworn member of the Los Angeles Police Department for 24 years.  He retired in 2003 at the rank of Lieutenant.  He holds a bachelor’s from the Union Institute and University in Criminal Justice Management and a Master’s Degree in Public Financial Management from California State University, Fullerton. Raymond is a graduate of the West Point Leadership program and has attended law enforcement, technology and leadership programs such as the National Institute for Justice, Technology Institute, Washington, DC.


Raymond is currently a part-time lecturer at California State University, Fullerton and the Union Institute and University.  He has experience teaching upper division courses in law enforcement, public policy, technology and leadership.  Raymond is an experienced author who has published numerous articles in a wide range of venues including magazines such as Government Technology, Mobile Government, Airborne Law Enforcement Magazine, and Police One.  He has appeared on the History Channel and radio programs in the United States and Europe as subject matter expert in technological applications in law enforcement.  For instance, he was recently interviewed by the London Independent on the use of cellular telephone technology in explosive devices.


His first book, Police Technology is used in over 100 colleges and universities nationwide.  According to one college professor using Police Technology, “I recently taught a police technology course at a local community college using Raymond Foster's Police Technology book as the base reference for the course and then punctuated the book will information and exercises from the accompanying website. Outstanding! The website is very informative, current and relevant. Several of the practicing law enforcement personnel including senior supervisors and managers had their eyes opened to the technology available to them now and the future potential for the technology to improve the service they provide their communities, understand contemporary issues in law enforcement and may compelling arguments to their respective governing counsels for funding and technology initiatives. Great book - understood and applied by students at all levels of experience.”  Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster wrote the forward to Captain Robert L. Snow’s book, Technology and Law Enforcement: From Gumshoe to Gamma Rays.

Technology and Law Enforcement: From Gumshoe to Gamma Rays
Robert L. Snow  More Info

Captain Robert L. Snow is a 30 year veteran of the Indianapolis Police Department.  He has served throughout the ranks as a police officer, sergeant, lieutenant, and captain.  As a police executive, he has been the Indianapolis Police Department’s Commander of Planning and Research, the Chief’s Administrative Assistant, Executive Officer and Captain of Detectives.  His current assignment is as the Commander of the Homicide.


Robert graduated from Indiana University summa cum laude with degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology.  He has been a publishing writer for well over 20 years, with dozens of articles and short stories in such national magazines as Playboy, Reader’s Digest, LAW & ORDER, Action Digest, Police, and the National Enquirer.


Captain Snow has also written nine books including Technology and Law Enforcement: From Gumshoe to Gamma Rays.  According to his latest book’s description, Technology and Law Enforcement: From Gumshoe to Gamma Rays, “Although for much of the mid-20th century police departments across the U.S. had been reluctant to embrace new technology, depending instead on traditional police techniques, detectives in Los Angeles finally departed from this practice when they found themselves stymied in their attempts to solve the infamous Night Stalker serial murder case. This murderer and rapist had gone on a deadly rampage during the spring and summer of 1985, and though the police used every traditional police technique, they could not solve the crime.


Finally, in desperation, they decided to do something different: use what was then the latest, cutting edge-technology. This new technology, the laser print finder, worked perfectly and the police arrested the Night Stalker the next day. Following this astonishing success, police departments across the nation suddenly began clamoring to obtain all kinds of new technology to assist them in solving crimes. This rush to embrace the latest technology hasn't slowed in the intervening 21 years. This book takes readers through every major branch of law enforcement and shows how technology has radically changed police department operations during the last two decades. It also shows how these changes continue today as technology advances and refines techniques already in practice.


Beginning with the Night Stalker case, the author illustrates how the use and reliance on new technologies in solving crimes has made policing and detective work more accurate and efficient in capturing and convicting criminals (and courts more recently in releasing innocents convicted of crimes). Capitalizing on the interest in all things forensic, this book illuminates the behind the scenes technologies that go into solving crimes and keeping dangerous criminals off the street. Snow covers DNA and fingerprint technologies, vehicle technologies, undercover work, bomb detection, and other methods. Using many real life examples and first hand anecdotes, he shows how technology has become part and parcel of criminal justice efforts to solve crimes.”

The Design of Information Systems for Law Enforcement: A Guide for Executives
Charles Drescher  More Info

Martin Zaworski is a retired Captain of the Baltimore County Police Department (Maryland) and former Technical Services Division Commander of the Miami Beach Police Department (Florida) and most recently, former Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office (Florida).  He has also served as a consultant to the U.S. Navy’s Space and Warfare Systems Command, Charleston, for whom he has evaluated prototype public safety and Homeland Security technology.

Dr. Martin Zaworski has lectured nationally and has coauthored a book and numerous articles on the topic of public safety technology.  He is a member of and has been an advisor to several national public safety committees including the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and has served as a subject matter expert - conducting grant reviews - for both the National Institute of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security.  He holds both an MPA and Ph.D. in Public Administration from Florida International University.  Martin Zaworski is the co-author of The Design of Information Systems for Law Enforcement: A Guide for Executives.

According to the book description of The Design of Information Systems for Law Enforcement: A Guide for Executives, “Many fundamental assumptions about the information needed by today’s law enforcement agencies are founded in tradition. The Design of Information Systems for Law Enforcement suggests the need to view things differently. The authors present a step-by-step process for determining agency needs for information—from gathering to processing to utilization. Having the right information can prove valuable in planning a community policing approach, improving the quality of life in the community, and bridging the gap between police and the public. This book provides details of writing a Request for Proposal (RFP), explaining the reasons behind each vendor requirement and offering advice on how to avoid pitfalls. From there, elements in choosing a system and writing a contract is addressed. The authors offer advice about what to look for when choosing a system and address the differences between the two major systems in use today: the computer-aided dispatch and records management systems. Building a project implementation team is key to successfully implementing the new system and points to consider are presented to ensure transition is smooth and effective. The final chapter brings all the elements of the book together and shows how these all fit together to form a totally automated police agency.”

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