As things have gone more advanced especially with the constant upgrading of today’s technology, the Tokyo police have decided to be at par with the times to prevent crimes. The Metropolitan Police Department said Thursday that police officers will be issued with smartphones to watch out for today’s juvenile activities.
In addition to smartphones, the Tokyo MPD will also be including forums or online message boards and other possible means of internet communications, which would most likely include social networking sites, to effectively deal with and prevent juvenile delinquency. According to officials, conventional mobile phones are not equipped with access to online message boards, unlike smartphones.
Beginning December, police officers tasked to handle juvenile delinquent cases will be given with smartphones. About a dozen will be issued to police stations and divisions concerned with teenage cases. The Tokyo police made a trial of using smartphones and online message boards back in April. Disguising their identities, police officers checked on messages posted by the youth of the Japanese capital. When questionable posts, believed to could’ve led to juvenile delinquency, were found, the officers would then reveal themselves as they issued warnings.
As more than 99% of the Japanese youth today are considered ‘digital natives,’ having smartphones and access to forums will help police officers to easily trace and, more importantly, prevent delinquent activities of Tokyo minors. The police have also resorted to online monitoring for other cases, i.e. online sex crimes, involving minors.