Bauer Business Focus

IT and Security

Guest: Dean Paul A. Pavlou

Investing in more strategic IT use could be the key to saving more police lives. Paul A. Pavlou, Dean of the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston, explains.

"Police officers face well-documented risks, with more than 50,000 a year assaulted on the job in the United States," Dean Pavlou said. "New research finds that the use of IT by law enforcement agencies can significantly reduce the number of police officers killed or injured on the job. That's because IT can give police real-time information to better prepare for a potentially violent encounter through data analytics. For example, discovering through crime intelligence that a suspect is likely to be armed can lead police to don protective gear."

Pavlou continued "Strategically using IT also has implications for occupational safety in other jobs such as factory workers and truck drivers."

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