"We still lift fingerprints, but DNA is really the focus today," he said. "But like everything else, it was cumbersome in its infancy."
And while the aid of DNA evidence has been a major factor for law enforcement, Crabill said it also has its drawbacks.
Samples taken by
And the pop culture influence also can cause issues for prosecuting suspects.
"It's the 'CSI-effect'," Crabill said, referring to the TV drama. "Sometimes, DNA is just not there for a case, but the juries expect it. They want the 'smoking gun' ... so it can make our jobs harder."
MODERN AT A COST
While the advances have undeniably had a positive impact on departments, one major drawback is the price tag.
"It's an ongoing expense we have to budget for that wasn't there in the past," Tobin said.
"It costs a lot of money, and my budget is nil," he said. "We just don't have a need."
Crabill noted that
Vrotsos also said the sheriff's and police departments are in the midst of a
The software also will provide citizens with more services, such as the ability to file minor reports online, rather than contacting an officer, as well as access to jail records and inmate services.
In terms of a wish list of technology items, Baxter said
Keeping up is costly, but the unanimous opinion at the
"It's expensive, but it's well worth it," Vrotsos said. "We have to stay on top of technology."
Added Crabill, ""When I look back, it's unbelievable how much has changed here. In the next 20-30 years, who knows what will happen. It'll be interesting"
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