Futures Working Group

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Law enforcement agencies have historically employed reactive policing strategies—crimes occur and the agency responds. Given the potential for horrific acts on a grand scale, as witnessed in the United States on September 11th, law enforcement has been mandated as never before with preventing crime. Fortunately, the convergence of several factors allows for policing executives to take a more proactive approach: 

a)    The study of criminology and crime analysis helps law enforcement understand who commits crimes, how offending patterns can be tracked and analyzed, and what strategies are effective in dealing with crime and criminals; 

b)    New and emerging technologies increase the effectiveness of analysis and planning; 

c)    The study of futuristics provides tools and strategies which allow law enforcement to envision, manage, and create different futures. 

The Futures Working Group is a collaboration between the FBI and the Society of Police Futurists International. Its purpose is to develop and encourage others to develop forecasts and strategies to ethically maximize the effectiveness of local, state, federal, and international law enforcement bodies as they strive to maintain peace and security in the 21st century. 

Please visit the Futures Working Group website for more information.

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