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Central Crime Computer Project Draws Mixed Reviews

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Science  08 Jul 1977:
Vol. 197, Issue 4299, pp. 138-141
DOI: 10.1126/science.197.4299.138

Abstract

After committing a crime in Ohio, an offender from California, for example, may flee to Florida, having profitably disposed of his stolen goods in still another State. With all the marvels of modern transportation, all this can and does occur while the police pore over the fresh traces at the crime scene.

To solve crime in the space-age tempo of today's society demands that law enforcement officers have available immediately the facts of crime whenever or wherever they are likely to confront suspected elements of it.