Increasing Automation in Policing

Communications of the ACM Jan. 2020

3 Pages Posted: 4 Feb 2020

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Elizabeth E. Joh

University of California, Davis - School of Law

Date Written: January 11, 2020


We know how artificial intelligence works in our lives: it helps in picking movies, choosing dates, and correcting misspellings. But what does it mean in policing? Is AI replacing traditional police tasks? Does the police use of AI present novel challenges? Should increasing police reliance on AI concern us? The answer to these questions is “Yes.” In the past decade the increasing reliance by police on artificial intelligence tools raises questions about how to strike the right balance between public safety and civil liberties.

Keywords: policing, automation, artificial intelligence, criminal law, criminal justice

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Joh, Elizabeth E., Increasing Automation in Policing (January 11, 2020). Communications of the ACM Jan. 2020, Available at SSRN:

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University of California, Davis - School of Law ( email )

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