The relationship between technology and police work has come a long way since 1933 when the first time a two-way radio was installed in a patrol car. Now police officers rely on technology to help protect them, solve crimes, and stay ahead of criminals. Here are five of the best, new technology products that police work is using.
- Drones and Robotic Cameras
Cameras have gotten smaller and their pictures clearer over the years. Police officers can now use small robotic cameras to go into dangerous situations and tight quarters to make their jobs easier and safer. They come in all different forms, including on a driving device or in a form that can be thrown into a room to do surveillance. Drones are also valuable in scoping out land, survey damages after an attack or accident, tracking a fleeing suspect, or locating a missing person. Having cameras at their disposal means that police officers have more eyes available to do their jobs faster and more effectively.
- Police Dispatching Software
Computer software has made leaps and bounds in the last decade for everyone, including police officers. Response systems are critical to helping in an emergency, which is why these improvements are critical to public safety. The latest forms of police dispatching software incorporate the officers’ mobile phones or tablets. After a call is made to 9-1-1, officers respond while the dispatch center sends all the information to their phones. This helps relay information so that officers arrive at the scene fully informed, but they can also update their dispatch status from the same device. This helps everyone stay informed as the scenario unfolds. The auto vehicle locator software also tracks the locations of officers and helps manage records of incidences.
- Auto Identifying Programs
In recent years, officers have had to enter a license plate number into a database to pull up information about its registration and owner. Now there are automatic license plate recognition systems that identify, screen, and record license plate numbers. After a quick analysis in the database, it alerts officers of any suspicious information, making it faster to recognize and catch stolen vehicles or wanted vehicles. The biggest benefit is that it does it more efficiently and at a faster rate than an entire squad of police officers.
- Thermal Imaging
Devices that pick-up heat are valuable to police officers. When entering a dangerous scene where a suspect may be hiding, the sensors can pick up body heat and show officers the location of anyone in the area. This helps protect them from a potential attack and let them know if there are multiple people waiting for them. These imaging systems are also helpful for locating people lost in snow storms or trapped in a fallen building.
- Gunshot Detection Systems
A few major cities in the United States are using gun detection systems. These systems use sensitive audio sensors to show officers where a gunshot has been fired. While they are still new and being improved, the hope is that this detection system will give officers fast information to track down suspects and assist any victims faster. With these systems installed, neighborhoods can become safer and help fill in gaps when there aren’t enough officers to patrol areas around the clock.
Improvements in technology are valuable to keeping the public safe. It helps track and record information, keep up with surveillance, and protect officers from dangerous situations. When police officers can use technology to help do their jobs, their capabilities are increased to serve the public they have sworn to protect.