Part of what makes a profession a profession—and not just a job—is that a professional is, or should always be, trying to grow in their job knowledge and skills. For me, part of this growth process involves lots and lots of reading. The web has exploded the availability of professional reading for crime analysts.
A while back I posted on using Google Alerts to search the web for news stories that interest you. Tools like Google Alerts, RSS feeds and email lists can generate tons of articles that you need to read. For me, I find that my workflow is best if I segregate activities like professional reading to certain times of the workday. But it seems like new stuff to read comes at me all throughout the workday. How best to generate a reading list for later in an easy, non-intrusive manner?
I saw this video yesterday and I thought it would be fun to share it here. It’s a little animation about how police work will be in the future. Amazingly, a lot of this technology already exists, but hasn’t yet matriculated into the law enforcement system. I also think this is a pretty accurate picture of what policing might be like in 20 years or so (well, minus the jet packs and areal bikes).
Apparently Carbon Motors has been around for a little while now, trying to sell their tactical E7 police cruisers to law enforcement agencies across the country—especially since Ford announced they are stopping production on the Crown Vic, labeled “America’s Police Car.” Now Carbon Motors has struck a partnership with BMW to provide diesel engines for the E7. The new engines purport to cut CO2 emissions by 40%, go from 0 to 60 in 6.5 seconds, and get about 30 miles to the gallon.
Some officers have objected to car’s aesthetics, with it’s carbon fiber body and odd-looking front-end. But the cars is also one of the only cars ever to be built specifically for law enforcement use, with built in (not mounted) lights, “suicide” doors, and other features. (See more pictures after the jump.)