People, including younger cops, ask me: What's changed the most in police investigations since then?
Which might seem like an odd answer since it's only 16 years ago...but some examples >>>
We handwrote reports.
Internet? Barely on a detective's radar.
Cell phones: Nextel was popular on shared flip phones. Ideas of a take-home cellphone would be laughed at.
Fingerprint identification: Fax a copy of inked prints to FBI or State agency. (Copy enlarged to 120% to be exact).
Surveillance systems: if they existed, you needed blank VHS tapes to get copies. Best to bring your own to be sure you left with what you needed.
Pod cams? No.
Vehicle GPS? No.
Cellphone "dumps" (extractions)? Huh?
DNA swabs? Maybe in the movies.
Social Network Analysis? Only on detective TV shows blackboards.
Facial recognition? That was the old copper who remembered names & faces.
There's even more, but I won't discuss the available technology in the open....
But this is only 16 years ago!
The investigative tools available to a Detective has changed an awful lot in a decade-and-a-half. If we know how to best use them & when.
Yet through it all, one (1) thing remains: People skills.
What's changed? Technology.
What hasn't: People.
But I'm pretty sure we'll laugh & shake our heads at what we're doing today...much like some of you youngsters laugh & shake your heads at this above thread in disbelief.