SPMS TSA: Law Enforcement Technology Advancements Timeline

Law Enforcement Technology Advancements

San Francisco uses systematic photography for criminal identification

1854

W. V. Adams patented handcuffs that used adjustable ratchets

1862

The use of the telegraph by fire and police departments begins in New York

1877

The telephone comes into use in police precinct houses in Washington, D.C

1878

Edmund Locard establishes the first police department crime lab in Lyon, France

1910

The use of the teletype is inaugurated by the Pennsylvania State Police

1923

The Los Angeles Police Department starts the first police crime lab in the US

1923

Detroit police begin using the one-way radio

1928

American police begin the widespread use of the automobile

1930

The prototype of the present-day polygraph is developed for police stations

1930

The FBI inaugurates its crime laboratory which comes to be world renowned

1932

Boston Police begin using the two-way radio

1934

Radar is introduced to traffic law enforcement

1948

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) meets for the first time

1948

First arrest and Warrant database

1955

Invention of Side-Handle Baton

1958

First Computer: Aided Dispatch System

1960

NLETS is online (National Law Enforcement Telecommunications system

1966

Walkie Talkies are adopted by law enforcement

1967

AT&T adopts 911

1968

NCIC is Up (FBI’s most wanted database)

1968

National Institute of Justice becomes interested in night vision

1972

National Institute of Justice constructs body armor

1972

First stun gun is made

1974

First Finger Print reader is installed

1975

Police departments enhance 911 to determine location and phone number

1980

Pepper Spray is created

1982

90% of police departments use technology from criminal investigation

1993

National Academy of Science says DNA is debatable

1996

Cities install video surveillance cameras

2008