ENGAGING THE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN SUPPORT OF THE POLICE ACTIVITY
The Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a term that is increasingly common in our daily lives, which enters at an extraordinary pace in all areas of life and refers to a wide variety of autonomous actions of machines that perform digital data processing in a trend to conduct analyses and produce conclusions based on them. Like other segments of society, police officers have to face and accept this fact, as well as the resulting challenges on the move, parallel to their current activities and perhaps, regarding most of them - without any special training. All this is happening at a background of some ambiguity, a lack of common agreement and an ongoing debate among experts in the field of the humanities worldwide on topics such as what human thinking, imagination and intelligence actually are, what is the diversity between the natural and the artificial analytic and synthetic capacities, and whether we - humans share a common general system of values that could be uploaded on a computer system to present an essential characteristic of our civilization, or not. Based on a survey of 100 active operational police officers and sergeants, who have different positions, different qualification, diverse age, sex and professional experience, all of them having demonstrated fragmental and incomplete knowledge on the topic (and in some cases - lack of any clarity on the issue), this article presents the beginning of a new research, aiming to bring awareness, respectively - understanding of current trends in the field of the AI engagement and exploitation to serve expertise in prevention, detection, disclosure and analysis of various types of crime, as well as its application in social processes‘ monitoring in a set with generating criminological forecasts for what the Police is about to deal with in nearest or further future. The text comments on the concepts that AI designers embody in the new technology, discussing the aspects of overlap and confrontation with the notions, shared by researchers in the field of the humanities. At the same time, a perspective on the future dynamics of this process from a philosophical and ethical point of view is suggested too, bearing in mind that as it has happened with any technological development leap in the past, the criminals will be very active in this area and perhaps, they will act ahead of the law enforcement agents. The text does not claim to be comprehensive, because the topic refers to a very large-scale field that allows for different discourses. Apparently, this research falls in its initial stage and due to this reason, I am not in a hurry to formulate final conclusions. This publication expected effect is to accumulate criticism to be taken into consideration in developing the future dissertation, as well as to hear standpoints coming abroad from the law enforcement system.
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