> Or stripped of their investigative or enforcing power?
So it's either all the power or none of the power? This is a logical fallacy you are creating a duality for something that does not exist. The police is not the same as your software like you implied. I'm against the government spying on their citizens even with good intentions. See the black mirror episode since it demonstrates where problem lies, it's not in good intentions, it's in the control.
Does this software help the government to spy on their citizens? Yes.
Should the citizens have a say in if they want this software to be used for their data? Yes, why don't they have say?
Can we live without this software? Yes, like we've done so far.
Is this software helpful in a police state? I would say it's the most valuable software for a police state.