Technology is rapidly changing the way we live and work. Just a decade or two ago, who would have thought you could use a phone to get directions, listen to music, watch movies, find coupons, play games, and all the hundreds of other functions our smartphones help us with? And just as updated law enforcement equipment helps officers do their jobs better and more safely, in the form of body cameras, better body armor, non-lethal weapons, etc., so does the most advanced law enforcement software.
Technological advancements in the area of law enforcement don’t just help you do your job better, but they can also save lives. That’s why it’s critical to keep up with the latest technology, tools and resources, as much as possible.
One category of these modern tools is mobile applications. A simple search through the App Store or Google Play will return a heap of law enforcement apps designed to do things like improve communication between you and community members, display live traffic updates, record speed levels, keep detailed shift logs and much more.
With that in mind, here are three reasons why your police department or sheriff’s office needs to jump on board the mobile app train.
More Mobility and Freedom
Mobile apps are always available on the phones and tablets that officers carry with them at all times, so they are there when you need them in the field, not tied to bulky laptops that have to stay in the police car.
Ease of Use
Especially because of the small screen size and limited data capacity of most mobile devices, mobile apps for law enforcement are designed to be intuitive and simple to use.
They’re also designed to have a faster response time than a remote connection to your office network would have -- and that’s important because in your line of work, every second counts. So an app that allows you to quickly identify commonly abused prescription drugs in pill form, for example, can make all the difference in the field.
A World of Options
There’s an app for just about everything these days, and that certainly holds true for the law enforcement field. From creating reports to reviewing the latest CPR guidelines, from accident investigation formulas to new ways to communicate directly with citizens in your community, mobile apps provide a world of tools that give your agency more opportunities to succeed.
But with so many options, you may wonder how you can choose the apps that are the best fit for your agency. It’ll probably require some trial and error to add mobile apps into your workflow and fine-tune their use. But as with other types of software, their potential benefits outweigh any difficulties you have getting started.
Mobile apps are here to stay, and the right combination of law enforcement apps can deliver tremendous value to your department, your officers and your community. Take a look at what’s available. You may be surprised how many are worth a download.