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Global positioning systems (GPS) and geographic information systems (GIS) have become key tools used by police departments in recent years. Both of these technologies focus on examining the geographic information that is associated with tasks performed by the police. Many consider GPS and GIS to be separate yet related technologies; however, new information suggests that police departments around the world are using blended versions of the technologies to more intelligently address the tasks of the modern police department. This entry introduces the technological development of GPS and GIS systems separately, focusing on the use of the technologies by the police. The entry concludes with a discussion of how the technologies are currently being blended together and the future potential uses of the hybrid GPS ...

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