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Could crowdsourcing become an effective adjunct to conventional law enforcement?

  • Yes, but only with stringent checks.

    It is definitely possible that the power of crowdsourcing could help law enforcement, but we need someone checking to make sure that the conclusions reached are accurate. Recent events illustrate this very well. Otherwise, you're going to be overrun both with honest mistakes and with people seeking to do harm to innocent people.

  • Yes! Law enforcement is often unjust/biased. However, we must be careful...

    Crowdsourcing can get rid of alot racism, politicking and class-warfare common to modern US law enforcement. Many "enforcement" agents abuse their power and do more harm than good. Meanwhile, outrage witnesses are left voiceless--in other words ignored. Secondly, the more eyes and ears involved in the pursuit the lower potential for illegal concealment of a criminal. So does crowdsourcing hinder or help the average villian? More often that not I believe the vilian will drown in a sea of morally-sound/non-violent citizens.

  • Yes, but only with stringent checks.

    It is definitely possible that the power of crowdsourcing could help law enforcement, but we need someone checking to make sure that the conclusions reached are accurate. Recent events illustrate this very well. Otherwise, you're going to be overrun both with honest mistakes and with people seeking to do harm to innocent people.

  • Yes to crowdsourcing law enforcement, but with important caveats.

    Crowdsourcing could assist law enforcement, but the current Boston Marathon bombing case shows that there are problems inherent in letting the public into the case. Wrong victims can be identified and harassed, their pictures spread rapidly throughout the web. When an legitimate suspect is offered up though, the ability to show his picture to a wide audience will help bring him in faster. Shows like America's Most Wanted have been doing this with great success for years, and the internet reaches even more people. With some careful moderation, crowdsourcing will become a powerful adjunct to law enforcement.

  • I believe crowdsourcing could become an effective adjunct to conventional law enforcement

    I believe crowdsourcing could become an effective adjunct to conventional law enforcement because it leverages the power of the people against criminals. It brings the power of awareness from a large group which can be especially helpful when looking for details, scouring photos, looking for people. It may even prove effective at helping to stop and or prevent crime from the perspective that criminals may be deterred knowing that a large group would be able to find and or stop them.

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