AI Ethics in Focus, Part 4: Navigating the Ethical Landscape of Law Enforcement and Justice

Ramon B. Nuez Jr.
13 min readJun 4, 2023

Balancing Justice and Efficiency: The Promises and Perils of AI in Law Enforcement

Artificial Intelligence (AI) — a term once confined to science fiction — has become a cornerstone of modern society. Its applications are diverse, permeating industries from healthcare to finance and even extending its reach to the crucial realm of law enforcement. From predictive policing to facial recognition, AI’s, expanding role in maintaining law and order carries enticing promises and profound questions. As these technologies increasingly influence the justice system, it is crucial to scrutinize their benefits, the ethical challenges they pose, and the broader implications for society.

This essay explores the intricate relationship between AI and law enforcement, illumining the key issues accompanying this technological revolution. We shall begin by exploring how AI is currently employed in law enforcement, providing a comprehensive overview of today’s landscape. Following this, we will examine the tangible benefits offered by these technologies, including their potential to enhance efficiency and crime prevention.

Yet, it is not enough to praise the capabilities of AI without considering the…

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Ramon B. Nuez Jr.

Assistant Deputy Commissioner, NYC HRA | Advising IT Leadership on Digital Transformation to Achieve Strategic Goals.