Sunday, July 29, 2007

Future Crime foreseen by Aussie Chief

The head of the Australian Federal Police, Commissioner Michael "Mick" Keelty, recently testified before the Australian parliament on an inquiry into the threat posted by organized crime in the future.
Mr Keelty said the police force would have to use experts from the private sector to fight tech-savvy organised criminals, because it lacked the necessary skills.

Technology-enabled crime was "a new area that's growing exponentially", he warned yesterday.

A feature of serious organised criminal networks was their ability to be flexible and quickly adopt new techniques, and police forces would have to move quickly to keep up.

"And I think a lot of those skills don't exist in policing today," Mr Keelty told a parliamentary inquiry into the future impact of organised crime in Canberra.

"A lot of [high tech crime-fighting] skills will have to be imported into policing and probably exist more so in the private sector."

Mr Keelty said it was hard to estimate how much money the AFP would need to combat technology-based crime. But he identified the use of robotics and cloning as future challenges.

"Our environmental scanning tells us that even with some of the cloning of human beings - not necessarily in Australia but in those countries that are going to allow it - you could have potentially a cloned part-person, part-robot," [or cyborg] he said.

"You could [also] have technology acting at the direction of a human being, but the human being being distanced considerably from the actual crime scene." |Top cop predicts robot crimewave - The Age|

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