Retailer Target Expands Into High-Tech Police Work
The next time I shop at Target I will be thinking about this article in the Washington Post.
In the past few years, the retailer has taken a lead role in teaching government agencies how to fight crime by applying state-of-the-art technology used in its 1,400 stores. Target's effort has touched local, state, federal and international agencies.
Besides running its forensics lab in Minneapolis, Target has helped coordinate national undercover investigations and worked with customs agencies on ways to make sure imported cargo is coming from reputable sources or hasn't been tampered with. It has contributed money for prosecutor positions to combat repeat criminals, provided local police with remote-controlled video surveillance systems, and linked police and business radio systems to beef up neighborhood foot patrols in parts of several major cities. It has given management training to FBI and police leaders, and linked city, county and state databases to keep track of repeat offenders.
Target considers it's assistance "corporate giving." I'd much rather it gave to social service agencies that help the poor and its customers and called the program "community giving."
|< ABC's Bob Woodruff Injured in Iraq | Biden and Obama to Vote With Kerry, Kennedy >|