|High-tech "smart" policing|
|Written by APB Staff|
You can’t swing a dead cat these days without hitting someone talking about how technology and social media are revolutionizing law enforcement.
But for all the advantages technology provides, there are some cases where the gear that was supposed help a cop be a more efficient crime fighter actually does just the opposite.
On the streets of the United Kingdom recently, an undercover police officer was radioed that a potential suspect was close by.
The officer set off in hot pursuit.
Twenty frustrating minutes later the cop had his man—himself.
The closed circuit cameras that are all over the UK are only as good as the people monitoring them.
In this case the camera operator reported to police that someone was 'acting suspiciously', according to The Telegraph newspaper. As it turns out the officer who decided to follow up on the report was actually the shadowy figure in question.
The name of the officer and exact location haven't been disclosed, but it happened somewhere in the south of England.
The cop chasing himself told the CCTV operator that he was "hot on the heels" of the suspect. But then the officer's boss turned up in the CCTV control room and recognized him. A senior police officer told The Telegraph:
"Every time the man darted in to another side alleyway, the officer was turning immediately into the same alleyway, but every time the CCTV operator asked what he could see there was no trace . . . he had been chasing himself round the streets."
There are "fails," and then there are "Epic Fails."